watch JAKARTA, 10 June (JDN.id) – Tens of thousands former student activists who toppled Indonesia’s second president Suharto in 1998 plan to hold a national meeting, urging the nation to work together to prevent the nation from intolerance, radicalism and terrorism ideologies while preserving motto Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, or Unity in Diversity.
“On July 7, it will be an action against intolerance, radicalism, terrorism and we also want the day to be declared as Bhinneka Tunggal Ika Day,” Benny Ramdhani, one of the organizer members of the event told reporters on Sunday in Jakarta.
“We do we need to do national discussion? It because we see that Indonesia has been torn apart, threated, Pancasila wants to be changed (by other groups),” he said referring to official state ideology.
Talaohu said in 1998, Indonesia was under separation threat due to the authoritarian regime that applied hegemonic and oligarchy as well as centralization of development, which contributed to inequality in economic development.
“Today, the actor (of the separation threat) is the opposition (to the ruling government). The state is threated because there are certain (political) elites who use transnational ideology to intimidate our Indonesian faith and the Bhinneka Tunggal Ika,” he said.
The main obstacle that the organizer faces regarding the preparation of the event is the permit for location where should be granted by Jakarta authority under Governor Anies Baswedan who is supported by the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) and Prosperous Justice Party (PKS).
see url “Our main problem about location for the gathering … because the event will be on aginst terrorism where PKS is there,” Faizal Assegaf, one of the ’98 activists said.
For the backup scenario if Jakarta government won’t issue permit for the use of Monas, the event to be held at the City Hall, Assegaf said.
As per Sunday, more than 32,000 activists have registered to participate in the national discussion, Sayed Junaedi, the chairman of the organizer committee said.
In Jakarta alone, at least 500 banners have been placed to attract more participants to register, he added.