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Jakarta Post

Nationwide protests mount against KPK Law revision

  • Apriadi Gunawan and Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Medan and Semarang   /   Tue, September 10, 2019   /  01:27 pm
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A white sheet holds the signature of lecturers and students from Semarang-based Diponegoro University in Central Java on Monday to express their support of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and objections against a plan to revise the KPK Law.(JP /Suherdjoko)

In response to a plan launched by the House of Representatives to revise a 2000 law on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), mounting protests have emerged across Indonesia against what is widely feared to be efforts to weaken the antigraft agency. One demonstration held during a plenary session of the North Sumatra Legislative Council (DPRD) in Medan, North Sumatra, on Monday, saw protestors laying out a black banner that read, “We reject the amendment of the KPK Law”. The protest surprised many legislative members, who were having a meeting to discuss the revised regional budget. One of the protestors, named Maswan Tambak, was briefly apprehended by security guards.  “We want our aspirations to be heard by the House of Representatives. Please reject the amendment to the KPK Law because it will weaken the country’s most transparent la...