Jokowi's Volunteers to Demand Anies to Resign

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A volunteer activist for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo Kris Cantra, has announced that President Jokowi's supporters will hold a demonstration in front of the City Hall, Central Jakarta, on January 14, 2020. Kris stated that the demonstration will demand current Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, to step down from his position.

    "Demand Anies to step down," said Kris when contacted by Tempo on Monday, January 13, 2020.

    Kris further added that, the volunteer's demand for Anies to step down is a result of the recent Jakarta floods. Kris also mentioned about the state budget allocated to the flooding. However, he did not provide further detail on the specific matters that have become the main concern of the volunteers.

    According to Kris, around 50 Jokowi supporter organizations, including 'Sahabat Indonesia Maju' (SIMA), will take to the streets. However, Kris did not specify the number of individual volunteers that will participate in the demonstration.

    "50 organizations and counting," he said.

    Previously, floods hit the Jabodetabek area on January 1, 2020, due to heavy rains throughout the day. As a result, a number of cities in the capital are submerged by water. This results in many flood victims being forced to seek refuge, as well as traffic being paralyzed. Although, the flood water is receding, certain districts in West Jakarta remains flooded until of January 7, 2020.

    Based on Drone Emprit's analysis in Twitter, Anies Baswedan's name became the number one trending topic on Twitter in the week following the Jakarta floods, on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

    In response, Anies has stated that the Jakarta Government will need to work based on facts, instead of focusing on the ongoings of social media. "Conversations can go up and down, and negative or positive," said Anies at the Jakarta City Hall on Thursday, January 9, 2020.

    Drone Emprit's analysis of Twitter also highlighted a number of other public figures becoming trending topics in the last week. These public figures are, Anies with 961,000 social media conversations, Jokowi (404,000 conversations), Ridwan Kamil (66,000 conversations), Ganjar Pranowo (53,000 conversations), Mahfud MD (13,000 conversations), Megawati (3,400 conversations) and Khofifah (1,500 conversations).

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