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'#ReformasiDikorupsi': Creative, digital campaigns amplify student protests against controversial bills

  • Gisela Swaragita
    Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, September 23, 2019   /  09:11 pm
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Illustration showing a girl raising a clenched fist with the words "see you again on the streets, friends" emblazoned beside her.(-/instagram.com/efi_sh/)

Whether it is on the streets or on the internet, there is no stopping young people from speaking their minds. As more Indonesian youngsters join in protests against the government and the House of Representatives, the digital-savvy ones have turned to the internet to engage the public in support of protest movements that have seen thousands of students staging rallies in cities across the country. Over the weekend, social media saw many posts amplifying calls for the public to join in street protests on Monday and Tuesday in response to recent events and controversial bills that activists and scholars fear are examples of the alarming state of Indonesian democracy. Internet users stormed social media with protest hashtags, ranging from #ReformasiDikorupsi (Reform Era is being corrupted), in reference to the two-decade period of political reforms and the country's transition ...

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