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Jakarta Post

Group to advocate intimidation victims during Jakarta's Car Free Day

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 30, 2018   /   01:19 pm
Group to advocate intimidation victims during Jakarta's Car Free Day A viral video showing a man wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the text #2019GantiPresiden (#2019ChangethePresident) allegedly intimidates a boy and his mother, who is wearing a shirt with #DiaSibukKerja (#HeIsBusyWorking) printed on it, as a show of support for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, during Car Free Day in Central Jakarta on Sunday. (Via

A community organization has set up a post that aims to collect reports of intimidation during Car Free Day in Central Jakarta.  The police have opened investigations into the cases.

In a video widely circulated online, people wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the text #DiaSibukKerja (#HeIsBusyWorking), as a show of support for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who will seek reelection next year, were reportedly intimidated during what  was supposed to be a politics-free event at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Sunday. 

The suspected intimidators, who reportedly wore T-shirts with #2019GantiPresident (#2019ChangethePresident) printed on them, were seen mocking the Jokowi supporters, accusing them of having been paid to wear the shirts.

Among the alleged victims was a crying child, whose mother stood up to the suspected intimidators.

"This post has been established because there are many reports of intimidation and abuse during the [Car Free Day] event," Cyber Indonesia chairman Muannas Alaidid said in a statement on Monday as quoted by

Cyber Indonesia comprises individuals who supported former Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama’s reelection bid. Ahok was a close political ally of Jokowi.

The group, which previously reported Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan for closing a street in Tanah Abang to traffic, has said that it will accompany the intimidation victims on their quest for justice. (fac)