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May Day rally in Jakarta calls for alternative political party

Tribune News - May 1, 2014

Jakarta – The Joint Labour Secretariat (Sekber Buruh) and the Political Alternative Committee (KPA) are reiterating the importance of workers forming an alternative political party outside of the existing parties. According to Sekber Buruh, any administration that comes out of 2014 elections will not impact on the lives of workers.

"The 2014 elections are not elections. But an election of thieves. The 2014 elections are clearly a contest of thieves and prospective thieves. There is not one political party that is defending the interests of the ordinary people", said a representative from the Indonesian Labour Forum of Struggle (FPBI) during a speech at the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday May 1.

Sekber Buruh also called on the protesting workers not to think that the state can be administered by any of the parties contesting the 2014 elections. According to the group, workers themselves must administer the state. "Indonesia cannot be built by the current parties. It can only be built by workers' power", they said.

The FPBI also called on all Indonesian workers to unite and make this plan a reality.

Source: https://id.berita.yahoo.com/buruh-perlu-bentuk-parpol-091559901.html.

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

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