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Jakarta Post

Learning from Bishkek: Rowing between two rocks

  • Pierre Marthinus


  /   Sat, June 19 2010   /  11:58 am

This past week, ethnic tensions and political discontent fully escalated into widespread violence and major political turmoil in Kyrgyzstan. In stark contrast to the nine victims of the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara vessel, Indonesian solidarity and support for 176 dead, 1,870 injured and more than a quarter million displaced is practically nonexistent for Kyrgyzstan (BBC News, June 16). Indonesians' embrace of "international solidarity" is certainly amusing. Indonesia has much to learn from the unfolding of events leading to the crisis in Kyrgyzstan, however, national media coverage had been lukewarm, doing nothing more than simply reporting the number of casualties as well as the exchange of statements between parties involved. Even worse, experts, scholars, as well as diplomats are looking the other way, refusing to comment, and pretending not to see the massacre unfolding. ...