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Jakarta Post

Student movement close to obsolescence

  • M. Taufiqurrahman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 14 2010   /  09:49 am

JP/NURHAYATIMore than a decade after accomplishing one of the most monumental tasks in the country’s modern history, the student movement has entered its twilight.The student movement has also ironically been rendered obsolete by the strengthening of the country’s young democracy.Close to 14 years after helping unseat the authoritarian regime of former president Soeharto, the student movement is beginning to show signs of irrelevance, as indicated by its visible absence from national politics and recently, by a new penchant for violence.Late last week, dozens of students of the once influential Islamic Student Association (HMI) in Makassar were involved in brawls, first against residents who were irked by their constant protesting and later with police officers looking to pacify them. The next day, a similar clash took place in Cikini, Central Jakarta, when dozens of HMI members foug...