Thursday, 12 December 2019

Unwise to Ban Student Rally, Says Intelligence Analyst

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  • University students protest outside the Indonesian Parliament in Jakarta, Indonesia September 24, 2019. Tens of thousands of students gathered in cities nationwide over issues that included a new criminal code that penalises adultery and revised laws on corruption. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

    University students protest outside the Indonesian Parliament in Jakarta, Indonesia September 24, 2019. Tens of thousands of students gathered in cities nationwide over issues that included a new criminal code that penalises adultery and revised laws on corruption. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - An intelligence and security analyst of the doctoral student with the University of Indonesia, Stanislaus Riyanta, says that there are alternative methods in securing the president and vice president's inauguration set to be slated on October 20, 2019, other than openly banning any form of public protests. 

    “There should be a wiser alternative; let the students stage a rally, [and] the Indonesian Police only need to strictly escort the protest. Just as authorities usually do,” said Stanislaus Riyanta today, Oct. 15, in a public discussion by the Indonesian Public Institute at Cikini, Jakarta. 

    However, Riyanta understands that police’s restriction of any form of public rallies is due to the unknown people that might infiltrate the student rally, rather than the university students themselves. 

    He also acknowledges that authorities would be focused more on the security measures of the presidential inauguration rather than having their focus split in securing a protest. 

    Riyanta suggests police allow students who wish to protest after the inauguration has been completed as he also deems any form of protest would seem irrelevant during the inauguration as students demand the revision of draft bills formed by members of the parliament.

    FIKRI ARIGI