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Students slam bourgeois elections as contest of criminals and rights violators

KRjogja.com - March 20, 2014

Tomi Sujatmiko, Yogya – Demonstrators from the Student Struggle Center for National Liberation (Pembebasan) held a protest action at the zero kilometer point near the central post office in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta on Thursday March 20 opposing the legislative and presidential elections.

Pembebasan general chairperson Arie Nasrullah Lamondjong explained that they are rejecting this year's elections because they are bourgeois elections and those taking part are criminals, corrupt political parties, people who are anti-worker and counter-revolutionary.

"The 2014 bourgeois elections are just a contest between criminals, human rights violators, those who promote discrimination, who are anti-poor. So we reject them", he explained.

In addition to this, according to Arie, the existing democratic system is only a procedural democracy. There is no free space for constituents to withdraw their vote when the legislators they elect fail to carry out their mandate.

"It's only partial democracy, involving the ordinary people only when there are elections. So we reject it", he added. (Den)

[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service.]

Source: http://krjogja.com/read/209086/pembebasan-tolak-pemilu-2014.kr.

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