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Jakarta Post

Riau residents bear pain of protest

  • Hasyim Widhiarto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 11 2012   /  08:57 am

Occupy DPR: Protesters erect a camp site in front of the gate of the House of Representatives building in Central Jakarta. JP/Jerry AdigunaOn a breezy, cloudy Tuesday afternoon, 45-year-old Yahya Hasan was trying to comfort his wife, Purwati, 47, who lay weak beside him under a makeshift tent erected in front of the main entrance of the House of Representatives’ building in Senayan, Central Jakarta.

With a string of black yarn stitching the edge of his lips, the father of five, who came from Lukit subdistrict in Padang Island, Meranti Islands Regency, Riau, was struggling to bear both the pain in his mouth and fear of the worsening health condition of his wife, who had caught a severe cough and a high fever over the past few days.

“Just now, my eldest son called from home saying that his two youngest brothers had fallen sick. Perhaps, because they are worried with our c...