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Endless love: Mothers write letters to sons who died at Semanggi

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 16 2019   /  12:46 am

Two mothers whose sons were killed during prodemocracy protests in 1998 have marked the 21st anniversary of what became known as the Semanggi Tragedy by writing open letters to their late children, lamenting the fact that those responsible for their deaths have yet to be brought to justice.Amnesty International Indonesia released videos of the letters, written by Maria Catarina Sumarsih and Martini Widodo, being read out by actresses, writers and content creators. In the letter to her son, Atma Jaya University student Bernardinus “Wawan” Realino Norma Irmawan, Sumarsih recounted the events immediately following Wawan’s death on Friday, Nov. 13, 1998. “In the requiem mass, the Archbishop of Jakarta said, ‘Wawan passed away because he was shot by security forces in the yard of his campus while he was helping another victim who was also shot by the security forces,’”...