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Jakarta Post

Women, mothers stand up for student protesters

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, October 14, 2019   /  05:19 pm
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A group of women spread flower petals as a form of protest in front of the Jakarta Police headquarters in South Jakarta, on Sunday, Oct. 13. They demanded transparency over the arrests of students involved in the recent demonstrations.(JP/Anggie Angela)

Late Sunday morning, a middle-aged women could be seen spreading red and white rose petals over a gray-and-white high school uniform streaked with red ink and stretched out on the sidewalk in front of the Jakarta Police headquarters in South Jakarta. Beside the uniform was a cardboard sign that read “Our democracy fighters, mother’s prayers will always be with you”, with the names of five young people killed during the wave of student rallies that swept through the nation last month in protest of several controversial bills and the newly passed Corruption Eradication Commission Law. The deceased are 21-year-old Immawan Randi and 19-year-old Muhammad Yusuf Kardawi, both students of Halu Oleo University in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi; 15-year-old Bagus Putra Mahendra, 23-year-old Maulana Suryadi and 19-year-old Akbar Alamsyah. With tears streaming down her f...