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One year on ‘#ReformasiDikorupsi’ has fizzled out

  • Tri Indah Oktavianti

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 25 2020   /  01:00 am
An activist of Jaringan Solidaritas Korban untuk Keadilan (Solidarity Network for Victims of Justice) holds a protest near an armored vehicle with a #ReformasiDikorupsi (reform corrupted) signing in front of the Presidential Palace complex in Jakarta on Oct. 24, 2019.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

On Sept. 23, Indonesia marked one year of #ReformasiDikorupsi (reform corrupted), a hashtag that accompanied last year’s nationwide street rallies against controversial bills. Looking at the present day, however, observers say that civil movements in the country in general need to be resilient in voicing issues.  “Civil movements have failed to form resilience. They tried to bring down the [political] tension by holding an ‘Ikut Mendesak Tapi Santuy’ [Protesting but Chill] event, but in the end, they lost the moment. “The movement gradually ended as a mere press release,” the Lokataru legal and human rights foundation’s program manager, Mirza Fahmi, said during an online discussion hosted by Indonesia Corruption Watch on Wednesday. Thousands of students took part in nationwide rallies last year to protest problematic bills in fro...