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PDI-P supporters vandalize TVOne office in Yogyakarta

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Thu, July 3, 2014   /  04:21 pm

Dozens of supporters of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Yogyakarta, infuriated by a news report recently aired by TVOne that allegedly linked the party with communist groups, reportedly vandalized the television station'€™s office building in Yogyakarta on Thursday.

Allegedly, writings placed on the wall of the building by the group of protestors said that the PDI-P was not the '€œIndonesian Communist Party (PKI)'€.

'€œThe TVOne'€™s news coverage has inflicted damage upon the PDI-P and Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo'€™s campaign,'€ Chang Wendriyanto, a member of the Yogyakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) from the PDI-P faction, told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

He admitted that he and a number of supporters of the PDI-P and Jokowi came to the Yogyakarta chapter of TVOne'€™s office building in Muja-Muju, Umbulharjo, Yogyakarta, at around 10 pm local time on Wednesday.

TVOne is a private television station belonging to business tycoon Aburizal Bakrie who supports candidate pair Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa.

The party'€™s supporters burst into anger following a news report recently aired on the television station that connected the party with the Chinese Communist party. In the broadcast, it was reported that in 2012, the PDI-P sent a number of its members to learn about how to organize support at the grassroots level in China.

'€œAt around 10 pm, around 50 supporters of the PDI-P Yogyakarta chapter raided the TVOne Yogyakarta office. They conducted their action for around one hour,'€ said Kasno, a Timoho regency security officer.

Allegedly, the party'€™s supporters first held an oration before writing protests on the station'€™s walls and spray-painting some 10 motorcycles parked in the office yard. They later put stickers emblazoned with pictures of candidate pair Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo and Jusuf Kalla on walls surrounding the building. The police cordoned off the location with a police line.

It was reported that no journalists were targeted in the incident. The station'€™s coordinator, Hendrawan Setiawan, and other television crewmembers were covering an event in Banyumas, Central Java when the attack occurred.

Hendrawan said he had filed a report on the incident with the Yogyakarta Police. '€œIf they were disappointed with our coverage, they should have used the mechanism our Press Law regulates to voice their criticisms,'€ he said.

The police are investigating the case and will charge the PDI-P supporters with violations of the Criminal Code (KUHP) and the Press Law. (ebf)

 

 

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