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Jakarta Post

Student protest aftermath: Family questions police account of protestor’s cause of death

  • Ivany Atina Arbi
    Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 7, 2019   /  11:44 am
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Hundreds of high school students take to the streets to join protests near the House of Representatives compound in Central Jakarta on Wednesday, Sept. 25. (JP/Narabeto Korohama)

Even though the police have repeatedly denied using violence in their handling of the series of mass students rallies that took place in the capital last month, one protester, identified as Maulana Suryadi, has reportedly died, while two others sustained serious injuries. According to police, Maulana, a parking attendant in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, died from "shortness of breath" on Sept. 26 at the Kramat Jati Police Hospital in East Jakarta. However, after seeing the condition of her son’s body, Maulana’s mother does not buy the police’s account that the 23-year-old man passed away because of an asthma attack brought on by tear gas while participating in the rally. She said Maulana's face was swollen and that blood was coming from his ears and nose, as reported by "The police said my son died of asthma, but that’s imp...