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say Jokowi's move to join mass prayer sets bad president, legitimises intolerance
BBC Indonesia. December 2, 2016. Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader
Rizieq Shihab delivered a sermon during Friday prayers at the National
Monument in Central Jakarta on December 2.
arrested and beaten at Papuan pro-independence rally in Jakarta BBC
News Indonesia. December 2, 2016. Police used water cannons to disperse
a rally by Papuan near the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta
on Thursday December 1.
arrested in three cities during West Papua pro-independence protests
Suara Papua. December 1, 2016. Indonesian colonial police arrested 221
people on December 1 in three different cities with 203 people arrested
in Jakarta, four in Sentani, West Papua and 14 people in the Central Java
city of Yogyakarta.
forced to commandeer public buses after 328 arrested at Papua demo in Jakarta
Detik News. December 1, 2016. Hundreds of Papuan demonstrators from the
Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) demanding independence for West Papua have
been taken to the Metro Jaya regional police headquarters. The transportation
of the activists had to be done in stages because the police did not have
enough vehicles to accommodate all of them.
activist alliance declares support for West Papua self-determination
Satu Harapan. November 29, 2016. Through an unpretentious press conference
at the offices of the Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) in Jakarta on Thursday
November 29, the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-West Papua)
declared its support for self-determination for the people of Papua, which
they refer to as the West Papuan nation.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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
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
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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with the West Papua people's struggle for self-determination Malaysia
Kini. December 1, 2016
Judges of Central Jakarta District Court refuse Prosecutor's indictment
and order rehabilitation of defendants Asian Human Rights Commission
Urgent Action. November 30, 2016
the right to self-determination for West Papua! Indonesian People's
Front for West Papua Declaration. November 29, 2016
letter to Aust. Foreign Minister re 1st December in West Papua Australia
West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release. November 29, 2016
Drop blasphemy case against Jakarta Governor Amnesty International
News Release. November 16, 2016
Tulang Bawang farmers reclaim their land but face fabricated charges
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal. November 16, 2016
Indigenous Papuans attacked and shot by Police in Sanggeng, Manokwari West
Papua Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal. November 14, 2016
urges justice for victims of the Santa Cruz massacre on 25th anniversary
East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN). November 11, 2016
Local farmers arrested and prosecuted after reclaiming their land
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal. November 2, 2016
must not respond to Jakarta's request Australia West Papua Association
(Sydney) Media Release. October 31, 2016
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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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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