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Jakarta Post

Urban chat: Just one year after Asian Games, we’re divided again

  • Lynda Ibrahim

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 24 2019   /  02:00 am

On Aug. 18, 2018. I was with Dad at Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Stadium. We had been fortunate enough to procure two passes to watch the opening ceremony of the Asian Games live.Around us, fellow Indonesians were laughing, sharing snacks, singing along or crying with pride. All over social media platforms, other Indonesians watching on TV were posting similar emotions.Despite all the prevalent political and sectarian conflicts, that night and in the next two weeks, we were all one. We were all proud Indonesians.Fast forward a year. All hell is breaking loose in a handful of cities across Java and Papua.What started out as a kerfuffle between a small group of Papuan students marching for a rally against another small group of Malang residents in East Java escalated within days to a racism-tinged siege at a Papuan students’ dorm in the province’s capital Surabaya then backlash riots agains...