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Jakarta Post

From Twitter to the streets: Indonesian students make political comeback

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana
    Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 26, 2019   /  01:36 pm
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Students protest against the Criminal Code bill and the revised Corruption Eradication Commission Law in front of the House of Representatives compound in Senayan, Jakarta, on Sept. 24. (JP/Narabeto Korohama)

Two weeks - that was all it took for the famously lethargic House of Representatives to pass the new Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law, with the blessing of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.   But while the law, which contains articles that will severely weaken the antigraft body, sailed through the House with little to no resistance, it has triggered the largest student demonstrations since the protests preceding the fall of the New Order regime in 1998. "The students' discontent started with the KPK Law, which was passed in a procedurally flawed manner, without public participation, in just two weeks," Trisakti University student leader Edmund Seko told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. "What's worse is that the law will weaken the KPK, a state entity that has highest public trust." Last Thursday, two days after the KPK Law was p...