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Indonesia must speak out for citizens' protection in Hong Kong

  • Benedict Rogers

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London   /   Wed, December 4, 2019   /  02:18 pm
Indonesia must speak out for citizens' protection in Hong Kong A police officer (C) holds a firearm during clashes with protesters who had gathered outside Kwai Chung police station, in support of protesters detained with the charge of rioting, in Hong Kong on July 30, 2019. (AFP/Isaac Lawrence)

When I spent a month learning Indonesian at a language school in Yogyakarta and Bali recently, I did not imagine that two months later it would come in handy in relation to the crisis in Hong Kong. Yet when I learned of the horrific case of Indonesian journalist Veby Mega Indah, shot in the eye and left permanently blinded by a Hong Kong policeman as she simply did her job as a reporter, my heart went out to her. And as an expression of solidarity, I tweeted a message of support in my limited, very bad Indonesian. The very next morning I opened my phone to find news of the detention and impending deportation of another Indonesian from Hong Kong, Yuli Riswati, a migrant worker and award-winning writer who has been detained for writing about the protests. Immediately I tweeted another message of solidarity in Indonesian. Both these cases touched me, particularly for a few reasons. Fi...

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