Indonesia: Squatted district Pandang Raya in Makassar is evicted after clashes

On the poster written about Pandang Raya inhabitants who are now living in the shelter, they need help. It can be read on the poster. The slogan said “Pandang Raya Haven’t Lost!” They need donation such as money, medicines, clothes, bed, etc. Contact person is written on the poster.

14 September (via 325) Pandang Raya (Makassar) has been demolished to the ground.

Friday 12 September, at 5 o’clock in the morning. Pandang Raya inhabitants and other rebels, build a barricade across the street with wood, tires, and rocks. At 6am, there’s appearance of pigs without uniform watching the blockade. Two of them watching the blockade close by. About an hour more, police vehicles filled with 600 pigs in uniform, including 365 the notorious Brimob (special police–my ass).

Not long after that the battle began: Pandang Raya combatants throw molotovs, rocks, and other traditional weapon (such as arrows). The resistance were responded by huge blows of water canons and after that, large numbers of gangsters, who claimed that they got orders from Court of Law tried to entered the fights but were denied by the pigs because they don’t carry their ID’s.

At 8.30 the pigs have successfully break the resistance. Other combatants have successfully fled from police arrest. But 9 person were arrested.

Afterwards, several years of organizing side by side with anti-authoritarians, leftist, and other organisations; creating library and meeting place; in which Pandang Raya have already become their own ‘Cinema Paradiso’, have been destroyed to the ground entirely using big excavators and other heavy machines. The last stand and they were lost.

Ps: Rich people and their politicians, and also with their dogs or pigs in uniform, wanted Pandang Raya to be developed for their business purposes due to its strategic geographical location in the city.

In need of solidarity! Not money. Not banners.

But full frontal attacks of every political institution abroad and every fucking developer. Continue reading “Indonesia: Squatted district Pandang Raya in Makassar is evicted after clashes”

Indonesia: Arham free after trial for alleged riots

Kokemi, 23 October: After going through the trial process and the case had lived for over two months, finally Arham who was arrested for alleged rioters in solidarity to his friends that drop out by the college, is free today.

We of the editorial Kokemi hope no fire extinguish, at least the flowers could still be thrown into the air, dividing to every point.

Indonesia: Hidayat is free

Hidup Biasa (translation from Kokemi): At the second sitting of Hidayat’s trial, on 16th April 2012, the court decided to set him free after taking into account the time he had already spent inside. The hearing, which started late and continued for almost one hour, was attended by his friends, lover and his mother.

Hidayat, who had been charged with article 170 of the Indonesian penal code, was sentenced to the time he had already served and set free after consideration of his need to continue his studies, as well as his health, which had been deteriorating in prison. After the defence presented its case orally, the judge rapped his gavel to declare his judgement. Hidayat’s mother burst into tears after hearing the decision

The editors of Kokemi blog hope that the fire that burns in our hearts is not dampened by the fear of the Wanted Persons List and the threat of prison – many of our comrades are still in prison and solidarity will continue as long as is necessary, until the prisons lie in ruins.

23-year-old Hidayat (Yaya), was arrested in a mass protest in Makassar on 26th December 2011, in an act of solidarity with the struggle of the people of Bima who were brutally repressed by the Indonesian police in Sape port on the 24th December 2011. In that incident four people were killed and dozens injured. The people of Bima reject mining in their area and demand that PT Sumber Mineral Nusantara’s mining permission be withdrawn.

Hidayat was arrested in the solidarity action because he was accused of damaging a police outpost and bank property. Hidayat was being held at the Category I Prison on Jalan Sultan Alanuddin, Makassar, charged with article 170 of the Indonesian criminal code (criminal damage committed together with others), and faced up to five years in jail.

Solidarity without limits.

Indonesia: fuel price protests force partial victory

Protesters break down a parliament fence during a protest in Jakarta, March 30

At least 80,000 people rallied across the country on Friday March 30: the biggest public protest since the government raised fuel prices four years ago. The massive protests (a continuation of earlier unrest) forced a compromise in the law passed in parliament: there will be no immediate rise in subsidised fuel prices, though they can be raised in six months if the crude price exceeds the amount set in the budget by at least 15 percent for six months. As a commenter on the Jakarta Globe website said: “They’ve given the mob six months to get better organised. sigh.”

Rough translation of part of a post from Kokemi, March 31:

The fire broke out everywhere, and not just in Makassar but in Medan, Yogyakarta, Bima, Palu, Maluku and Jakarta are also ongoing street war protesters vs. police. Action is still ongoing in some areas, especially fields that are still raging.

In this action, tens of people were injured by the repressive apparatus,  from the nine people shot in Jakarta, one person was shot in Makassar and dozens of people arrested or kidnapped in this action. And there are many victims who have not been reported.

War of the street should be spread everywhere, that this is the beginning of the collapse of state and capital at the same time.

Indonesia: more fuel price demonstrations

Protesters in Makassar, March 27.

Thousands of people protested across Indonesia on Tuesday March 27 in further demostrations against government plans to cut fuel subsidies, which would increase fuel prices by a third.

Links to flyers distributed by anti-authoritarians in South Sulawesi and Manado. (In Indonesian: anyone want to translate?)

National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Saud Usman Nasution said on Wednesday: “As an overall evaluation of the security operations, we successfully handled [the rallies] even though there were still one or two incidents that could be considered as anarchistic,”  Continue reading “Indonesia: more fuel price demonstrations”

Indonesia: demonstrations against proposed fuel price rise

There have been demonstrations in Indonesia in recent days against government plans to increase the price of subsidised fuel almost a third on April 1. More unrest is predicted.

Students burn tires on Thursday at a fuel station in Makassar.

On March 21 in Makassar, South Sulawesi, three police officers were injured and 37 students arrested following a clash that broke out after students threw rocks at the officers in front of the North Sumatra Regional Council building. The demonstrators in Makassar also looted fuel and handed it out free of charge. Continue reading “Indonesia: demonstrations against proposed fuel price rise”