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Jakarta Post

Bandung gripped with communist fears

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung, Jakarta   /   Fri, May 20 2016   /  08:58 am

In absence of the State’s assurance for freedom of expression, the nation has continuously witnessed repressive acts against academic freedom within university campuses across the country.

While it was the police who halted a number of such academic events in Yogyakarta, lately, similar repression was observed in West Java. The only difference in the latter was that the hard-line group, the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), played the role of oppressor.

Just on Thursday, the social and political sciences department of Padjajaran University (Unpad) in Sumedang, near West Java’s capital of Bandung, decided to cancel its seminar, entitled “Marxisme sebagai Ilmu Pengetahuan” (Marxism as science) following intimidation by the FPI.

Activist Firman Ekoputra from the Rumah Kiri organization, Unpad political scholar M. Rolip Saptamaji and Unpad political science lecturer ...