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PRD's second graffiti action to boycott elections

PRD Media Release - May 9, 1997 (From Tapol)

Early today, 9 May, the Central Committee, in coordination with committees in eight cities, Lampung, Bandung, Yogya, Solo, Semarang, Surabaya, Palu and Menado carried out a second graffiti action, putting up posters calling on the entire Indonesian people to boycott the unconstitutional and corrupt 1997 elections which will do nothing to bring about change and democratic reform.

PRD activists, all of whom are now underground scrawled slogans and stuck up posters at strategic points. The posters said:

  1. Keep you yellow cards and use them for Megawati's PDI as a sign of boycotting the corrupt 1997 election!
  2. Boycott the election until the army's dual function has ended!
  3. The elections should not go ahead. Boycott!
  4. Boycott the election until the 5 Political Laws have been repealed.
  5. Without Mega's PDI, dont vote!
  6. Megawati should boycott the election!

This is the second boycott action by the PRD. The first one took place on 3 April. The aim is to show the Indonesian people that in such a repressive situation as the present, with the military doing everything to 'make the elections a success', the PRD will campaign to ensure that they are not a success.

There is no justification in going ahead with the election because of the absence of one of the contesting parties, Megawati's PDI, and the participation of the unconstitutional PDI

The rules regulating these elections have been designed in such a way as to ensure victory for GOLKAR. The elections will do nothing to achieve any democratic changes which is the only way forward to improve conditions for the people. The statement then listed in places in Jakarta, Tangerang, Bogor and Bekasi where the action had taken place.