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Student protesters agree to meet Jokowi — but only on two conditions

  • Ghina Ghaliya and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, September 27, 2019   /  09:52 pm
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Students protest against the planned revision of the Criminal Code and the revision of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law in front of the House of Representatives building in Senayan, Jakarta, on Sept. 24, marking the biggest student movement since 1998. JP/Anggie Angela(JP/Anggie Angela)

 President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s appeal to open talks with student protesters has been rejected, with several university student bodies dismissing the possibility of any meeting unless the country’s leader answers their demands. Roughly three days after tens of thousands of university students nationwide started a wave of protests, Jokowi conveyed his plan on Thursday to “directly listen” to the aspirations of protesters at a planned meeting on Friday. But the students have not been so easy to appease, even after the President put on the table the possibility of issuing a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to revoke the controversial revision of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law, which was one of the protesters’ demands. In a statement received by The Jakarta Post on Friday, members of the National Asso...