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Our memories of May are fading, we need more memorials: Activists

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, May 19, 2019   /  10:02 am
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Family members of May 1998 riot victims attend the 21st commemoration of the tragedy in Klender Mall in East Jakarta on May 13, 2019. The event was held to maintain the memories of the the country's dark tragedy and to raise awareness of unresolved past human rights abuses.(Antara/Aprilio Akbar)

Since 1998, the last year of Soeharto’s administration, Indonesia has remembered May as the month when thousands died and some women were allegedly raped. However, activists are worried that the collective memory is fading and they have lobbied the government and the Jakarta administration for more memorials to remind the nation of the tragedy and that so many people have yet to get justice. Today, the tragedy and riots are memorialized in Jakarta at the Transjakarta bus shelter called 12 Mei Reformasi, which has a statue standing across from it in Grogol, West Jakarta near Trisakti University, a plaque at the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) in Menteng, Central Jakarta, and Pondok Rangon Cemetery in Cipayung, East Jakarta, which dedicated a plot for mass graves and a monument to commemorate the victims of the May 1998 riots. All memorials were...