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  • Hundreds of Rembang people march 150 kilometers to protest cement factory – Jakarta Post. December 6, 2016. About 300 people from Rembang regency in Central Java marched some 150 kilometers from their homes in Gunem district to Semarang in protest against the construction of a cement factory in their area by the state-owned Semen Indonesia.
  • Specter of Soeharto raised – Jakarta Post. December 6, 2016. Several lawmakers have described the arrest of eight antigovernment political figures for alleged treason as premature, and fear it could be a precursor to more draconian acts reminiscent of the authoritarian regime of president Soeharto.
  • Reasoning over treason – Jakarta Post Editorial. December 6, 2016. Many of us might have had a feeling of deja vu when the police arrested 11 people, mostly on accusations of attempted treason, hours before thousands turned up for a rally last Friday demanding the head of Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama for allegedly blaspheming against Islam.
  • Expediting of Ahok's case indicates 'trial by mob': Setara – Jakarta Post. December 6, 2016. Seasoned lawyer and chairman of Setara Institute Hendardi said in an official statement on Tuesday that the decision of the Attorney General's Office (AGO) to expedite the trial of Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, despite the thickness of his 826-page case dossier, indicated that this was a "trial by the mob".
  • More mass arrests in Indonesia at West Papua demos – Radio New Zealand International. December 5, 2016. There have been more mass arrests in Indonesia of those participating in rallies for West Papuan self-determination. Over two hundred people were arrested in Jakarta last week at a rally to mark the anniversary of the first raising of the banned Papuan nationalist symbol, the Morning Star flag.
  • Treason arrests questioned – Jakarta Post. December 5, 2016. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's commitment to freedom of speech has come under scrutiny following the arrest of several antigovernment figures last week over alleged treason.
  • Setya Novanto, Surya Paloh stand up for diversity after anti-Ahok rally – Jakarta Post. December 4, 2016. Supporters of gubernatorial candidate Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama retook the public stage on Sunday with a mass gathering in Jakarta to call for unity amid growing pressure from conservative Muslim groups to push for the arrest of the incumbent governor over blasphemy.

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-Earlier this week
  • The struggle for a Thai democratic republic continues – Ugly Truth Thailand. December 4, 2016. The appointment of the odious Wachiralongkorn as Thailand's new king is a public declaration by the Thai ruling class and the military dictatorship that the abuse of women is something to be celebrated.
  • South Korean protests: Hundreds of thousands march to demand Park Geun-hye resign – Reuters. December 4, 2016. Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans have rallied in Seoul on Saturday in the sixth straight weekend of protests demanding the resignation of scandal-tainted President Park Geun-hye.
  • Treason suspects intended to mobilize mass to occupy House: Police – Jakarta Post. December 3, 2016. The National Police are convinced that seven of 10 political activists arrested for alleged treason had intended to mobilize a mass rally on Friday to occupy the House of Representatives, as part of an attempt to overthrow the government.
  • Thai activist arrested for sharing king's profile on Facebook – BBC News. December 3, 2016. An opponent of Thailand's military-backed government has been arrested after sharing a profile of newly installed King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
  • Jokowi changes tune in handling rally – Jakarta Post. December 3, 2016. When protesters began to swarm Jakarta on Friday morning, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo left the State Palace to inspect a construction project, raising suspicion that he would again evade the large-scale rally by conservative Muslim groups against Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama over blasphemy allegations.
  • Rising hostility toward journalists rings alarm – Jakarta Post. December 3, 2016. Hostility toward journalists is alarmingly on the rise as Muslim conservatives have accused several media outlets of biased reporting in the blasphemy case of the incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama.
  • Crown prince formally becomes Thailand's new king – Associated Press. December 2, 2016. Thailand has a new king, with the country's crown prince formally taking the throne to succeed his much-revered late father, who reigned for 70 years.
  • Police accused of beating pro-referendum activists – Jakarta Post. December 2, 2016. Lawyers for protesters attending a West Papua liberation rally in Jakarta on Thursday have accused police officers of beating their clients after a clash broke out between the two sides, leading to the arrest of 10 protesters.
  • Jakarta protests: Muslims turn out in force against Christian governor Ahok – Agence France Presse. December 2, 2016. A crowd of at least 200,000 Muslim protesters has descended on Jakarta to demand the Christian governor of the Indonesian capital be arrested for insulting Islam.
  • Jokowi, Kalla center stage at Muslim rally – Jakarta Post. December 2, 2016. In a show of leadership confidence, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla made a bold, last minute decision to leave the State Palace and join a huge crowd of protesters at the nearby National Monument (Monas) square to perform Friday prayer.
  • High-profile Indonesians arrested ahead of major blasphemy rally in Jakarta – Sydney Morning Herald. December 2, 2016. Eight Indonesians were arrested for alleged treason on Friday morning ahead of another massive rally calling for Jakarta's governor to be jailed for blasphemy.
  • Workers demand both wage rise, arrest of Ahok – Jakarta Post. December 2, 2016. Hundreds of workers from several unions staged a dual-purpose rally on Friday to demand both a better payment scheme and the arrest of Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama for alleged blasphemy.
  • Rampant domestic violence haunts women in rural Java – Jakarta Post. December 2, 2016. Domestic violence remains rampant in rural Java, with one in two women in Bantul regency, Yogyakarta, suffering emotional, physical or sexual abuse from their partner, according to a recent survey.
  • Profile: Thailand's new King Vajiralongkorn – BBC News. December 1, 2016. his name means "adorned with jewels or thunderbolts" – was born on 28 July 1952, the first son and second child of Queen Sirikit and King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who had succeeded to the throne unexpectedly six years previously.

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