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Jakarta Post

Bittersweet life in Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 5 2016   /  09:44 am

I was heading to Terminal 3 at the Soekarno-Hatta airport about to head “back to the village” of Ngepas, Sleman, 15 kilometers north of the center of Yogyakarta, after 25 years in Jakarta. I arrived in Jakarta from my home near Purwokerto in August 1990, and this morning a mix of thoughts filled my mind.

Politics in Jakarta is heated at the moment. The election campaign for the governor post has started
and there are already demonstrations planned against at least one candidate.

Jakarta has often been at the center of political action. I remember the 1990s. The reformasi movement, led by students, the common people and women took to the streets to push the dictator out. Students were shot, abducted and disappeared. Indonesian Chinese women were raped as a terror tactic.

Demonstrations were dispersed with bullets and tear gas and cane sticks. The violence s...