Indonesian politics: The beginnings of a youth rebellion?

Since Sept 23, there have been student demonstrations in almost every province of Indonesia against numerous new Bills being tabled and passed by the outgoing Parliament. The first protest in the university town of Yogyakarta saw a turnout of 15,000 students, despite the rally call going out less than 24 hours before that.

While the students across Indonesia have largely similar demands, the movement is not yet nationally coordinated.

The Bills that the students are unhappy with include one that would weaken the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), some with clauses that would ban the “insulting” of the head of state, the Parliament and other state institutions, as well as a revised General Criminal Code that would criminalise sex outside marriage and other aspects of personal life.


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