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Jakarta Post

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  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sun, May 2 2010   /  04:24 pm

A small crowd in dark outfits taking shelter under black umbrellas from the scorching sun grabbed my attention when I passed by the north corner of the National Monument (Monas) Park across the street from the Presidential Palace last week. The gathering turned out to be a regular silent protest that has taken place there every Thursday since early 2007. The protesters are mostly human rights activists and relatives of victims of political murders, imprisonment and forced disappearance that took place under the New Order and during the political turmoil following the regime's demise. Instead of shouting their demands through a megaphone, the protesters write their grievances on the large black umbrellas that were later displayed from across the presidential office fences and grabbed the attention of every passer-by. To get more attention, they rang kentongan, traditional bamboo c...