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Jakarta Post

Comic artist creates platform for aspirations amid wave of street protests

  • Gisela Swaragita
    Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 24, 2019   /  05:18 pm
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Netizens can choose between an image of a man, woman or a woman wearing a hijab holding an empty protest sign that can be filled with a slogan of their choice.(

Indonesia has experienced a wave of street protests all around the country since Monday, with student demonstrators opposing a revision of the Criminal Code (KUHP) bill that includes several problematic new articles. Many of protesters can be seen holding signs bearing funny yet relevant messages, such as, “I want to date without fear of being arrested by the police”, a deliberate criticism against Article 417, which criminalizes premarital sex. A protester holds a poster that reads: "I want to date without fear of being arrested by the police." (JP/File) Social media also has turned into a battleground for people to voice their protests. Comic artist Tampan “Desta” Destawan, 35, a resident of Kebon Jeruk in West Jakarta, has provided a platform for those who want to show their aspirations by providing three templates of protest posters online. Ne...