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Jakarta Post

Dumpsite makeover for Mega-Prabowo declaration

  • Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Bekasi   /   Sat, May 23 2009   /  01:25 pm

Bekasi's Bantar Gebang, Jakarta's main dumpsite, was given a face lift in the past few days following presidential candidate Megawati Soekarnoputri and running mate Prabowo Subianto's decision to use the site as the location for their presidential bid declaration Sunday. Since Monday, preparations have been underway for the declaration ceremony, which the event committee claimed was a "modest prep." On Friday, workers were seen installing a stage where the pair would make their declaration for the July presidential election. The event will be held on a vacant lot located about 500 meters from the waste disposal facility and hundreds of meters away from trash pickers' slum dwellings. A pathway - made out of paving blocks - leading to the stage was specifically built for the occasion, in front of which a tent of about 1,000 square meters was erected to accommodate cerem...