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Jakarta Post

Dementor’s kiss: Reflecting on our legislation process

  • Gita Putri Damayana


Jakarta   /   Thu, October 15, 2020   /  11:40 am
Dementor’s kiss: Reflecting on our legislation process Severe migraine: A student protester holds up a poster based on the packaging design of a headache medicine on Thursday, October 8. 2020 during a demonstration on Jl. M.H. Thamrin in Central Jakarta. The poster reads: “The omnibus law causes headaches, environmental damage, workers’ oppression.” JP/Seto Wardhana (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Watching the escalation of resistance against the omnibus Job Creation Law and other legislation products, I cannot help but be reminded of the Dementors featured in the Harry Potter novels. Dementors are executioners of the notorious Azkaban prison who will suck up happiness, good memories and hope from anyone that step in their path. What is left in a prisoner’s soul is the memory of the worst that they have experienced. In Harry Potter’s case, it is the memory of his parents’ murder at the hands of Lord Voldemort. In a similar way, the country’s legislative process over the past year has swallowed the happiness and hopes of the people. In September last year, students took to streets in Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bandung in West Java, Kendari in Southeast Sulawesi and many parts of the country in a movement dubbed #ReformasiDikorupsi (#ReformCorrupted) to rejec...

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