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Jakarta Post

‘Political warm-up ahead of 2024’: PDI-P’s opponents play communism card

  • Margareth S. Aritonang and Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 3, 2020   /  09:42 am
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So-called “buzzers” – semi-anonymous online trolls – tried to stir up a red scare over a Pancasila bill.(JP/Zul Trio Anggono )

The national elections are four years away, but the Indonesian political scene, especially in the digital realm, has seen mudslinging and simmering tension between parties. The most recent target of this anger has been the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) over a bill on Pancasila, the national ideology. So-called “buzzers” – semi-anonymous online trolls – played the infamous communism card against the PDI-P after the party proposed a bill that would regulate Pancasila and create an agency to interpret the ideology. On June 24, protesters at a rally organized by the 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA 212) burned the PDI-P’s flag on the street in front of the House of Representatives in Jakarta. They had assembled to protest the Pancasila ideological guidelines bill, alleging that it would open the door to communism in the country. The group wa...