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Jakarta Post

No coup as protest ends; leaders decry over-reaction

  • Yuliasri Perdani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 26 2013   /  10:32 am

Despite a paranoid official overreaction, the Sovereign Indonesian People’s Assembly (MKRI) staged a protest on Monday, calling for the President’s resignation and the formation of a transitional government.

The chief of the National Intelligence Agency (BIN) previously branded the protest as a plot to overthrow President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

While the MKRI planned to rally in front of the State Palace, ”security concerns” prompted a relocation to an alley in front of the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute’s (LBH Jakarta) headquarters in Salemba, Central Jakarta.

The secretary-general of the MKRI, Adhie Massardi, said that officials had made a series of public statement to discredit the movement.

“We’ve been threatened by the officials, Adhie, former spokesman for late president Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid, said, singling out Defense Minister P...