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Netizens celebrate BTP's release with jokes, memes

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, January 24, 2019  /  04:20 pm
Netizens celebrate BTP's release with jokes, memes

Flower boards with messages supporting former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama are placed around 10 meters from the National Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) headquarters’ gate in Depok, West Java, on Thursday morning. (JP/Kharishar Kahfi)

Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama on Thursday was released after serving nearly two years for blasphemy, with netizens welcoming the former Jakarta governor with creative memes and jokes online.

Numerous uploads on various social media platforms, including Twitter and Instagram, have users sharing their illustrations on Ahok, who has asked to be referred to as BTP following his release. 

To mark the moment, netizens created memes of him and shared jokes that enlivened conversations popularly discussed on social media.

A post by Instagram user @mrchrry.A post by Instagram user @mrchrry. (

Instagram user @mrchrry uploaded an image that showed Ahok's head plastered on the body of a bird flying out of a birdcage that had the words "Blasphemy Law" written on the bottom. 

The cage also features a court hammer on top and another bird with the symbol of the state ideology Pancasila, as the bird is still locked inside a separated top half part of the cage. 

Read also: Ahok is now a free man

Twitter user Non Kafir with account @yudhinulis posted a meme of Ahok with a confused face and a text that says "Why is my The Sims like this", referring to the life simulation video game. 

The post is captioned "BTP's first response when he comes home #BTPPulang".

Twitter account @WiraDamarr posted a cartoon of Ahok packing a suitcase and the words "Let's go home". 

The post is captioned with a quote "It is not easy to dim your light. You have never gone out."

Read also: Twitter abuzz with '#WelcomeBackBTP' following BTP's release

Handoko Tjung on Twitter shared a lighthearted joke in a post, illustrating the moment by referring to several popular songs by local and international singers.

"Ahok comes out from Mako [Brimob], hugging his wardens first while using background music Vitamin C "Graduation", Sheila on 7 "[Classical] Stories for the Future" and Project Pop "Remember Today"," Handoko wrote, adding the hashtag #AhokBebas.

Adi Ekaputra on his Twitter account @ekapen also shared a joke, playing on Ahok's new preferred name to be called by "BTP" and popular K-pop boyband "BTS".

"Ahok asks to be called BTP. Will Ahokers also change name to... BTP Army?" Adi shared, referring to the nickname dubbed to supporters of Ahok and a play on the boyband's fanbase known as BTS Army. (liz/kes)