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Jakarta Post

'It's my right to meet him': Families face hardship in search of arrested students

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 1, 2019   /  10:19 am
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The Jakarta Police said on Wednesday last week that they had arrested 94 people following Tuesday’s protest.(Shutterstock/-)

Ahmad, not his real name, 38, had run out of ways to look for his 21-year-old brother, whose whereabouts had been unknown since a protest in front of the House of Representatives compound in the capital ended in clashes on Tuesday last week. He last heard news of his brother, Raka, also not his real name, on Tuesday evening, just hours after Raka had departed alone from Bogor, West Java, to join other university students in the demonstration. Raka made his last phone call to one of their cousins at about 8 p.m. when he was at Palmerah Station across from the House complex. “My brother told our cousin not to pick him up at the station [in Bogor] because he was trapped and couldn’t go home,” Ahmad told The Jakarta Post. What happened in the following days for Ahmad was an endless quest going back and forth from Bogor to Jakarta to look for his missing brothe...