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Activists say elections just a way for candidates to enrich themselves

Antarsumut.com - April 5, 2009

Medan – On April 5 scores of people from the North Sumatra Union for the Politics of the Poor Front (FPPRM-SU) held a protest action at the Mejestik roundabout in the North Sumatra city of Medan opposing the April 9 legislative elections.

In a speech, one of the protesters, Djohan, said that the 2009 legislative elections are simply an arena to enrich the legislative candidates themselves. “The people’s fortunes will not be able to change, the legislative elections only enrich the legislative candidates themselves”, he said.

Djohan added that the massive amount of funds used to organise the elections should be used to bring prosperity to the people. “The budget for the organisation of the elections should be used to bring prosperity to the ordinary people, such as providing job opportunities”, he reiterated.

During the action, the demonstrators also handed out leaflets to pedestrian in the area containing calls to reject the 2009 elections. (I01MOSR02MOS)

[Translated by James Balowski.]

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