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KPK to name Anti-Corruption Learning Center room after deceased protesters

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 13, 2019   /   03:56 pm
KPK to name Anti-Corruption Learning Center room after deceased protesters Students protest against planned revisions of the Criminal Code and the Corruption Eradication Commission Law in front of the House of Representatives in Senayan, Jakarta, on Sept. 24. JP/Narabeto Korohama (JP/Narabeto Korohama)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) will name one of the rooms in its Anti-Corruption Learning Center after two protesters who died during the nationwide student rallies over a several controversial bills, including a revision to the KPK Law, in late September.

The students, identified as La Randi and Muhammad Yusuf Fardawi, were students of Halu Oleo University who died after taking part in a student protest in front of the Southeast Sulawesi Legislative Council (DPRD) in Kendari.

"We will preserve their names in the Anti-Corruption Learning Center building. [...] It's our way to keep our mind on cleaning Indonesia [of corruption].” KPK deputy chief Saut Situmorang said after a meeting with the families of the two deceased students on Thursday. 

Saut added that the deaths of Randi and Yusuf served as inspiration for corruption eradication efforts in Indonesia.

"Hopefully this can serve as inspiration for the youth, to remind them that their struggle is not in vain, since they are fighting for more efficient corruption eradication," Saut said.

Human rights group Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) coordinator Yati Andriyani expressed appreciation for the gesture. 

"Of course, we can do more, but we appreciate it as a reminder to keep up our morale as well as continue our effort to fight against corruption in this country," Yati, who also served as an advocate for Randi and Yusuf's families, said as quoted by kompas.com

On Sept. 27, the forensic team at Kendari General Hospital said Randi had died after succumbing to a bullet wound in his chest. Kontras suspects that Yusuf also died after being shot in front of the Southeast Sulawesi Labor and Transmigrant Office on Sept. 26.

The two deceased students were among tens of thousands of university students who took to the streets in cities across Indonesia in late September to protest a number of controversial bills and what has been seen as an attempt to restore authoritarian rule. (dpk)