TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The community supporting for a presidential turnover in the upcoming election, known by its hashtag #2019GantiPresiden, has cancelled its plan to hold a Sunday run during Jakarta’s car-free day.
“We didn’t get the police permit, so we cancelled [the morning run],” said Ade Selon, Chairman of Jakarta’s Youth Movement on Saturday evening, April 28.
According to Ade, the community’s permit was denied because police maintained that Jakarta’s car-free day is only meant to accommodate sporting and environmental activities which is consistent to Governor’s Decree No 12/2016.
“I only believe in this, friendly gatherings (silaturahmi) will only expose God’s grace,” said Ade, who also maintained that the event was originally as a friendly gathering among members and was not meant to be a form of campaign.
“It’s only circling the Hotel Indonesia roundabout wearing the #2019GantiPresiden t-shirt. Well it is [heading to the elections],” said Ade. The letter they sent to the police mentioned that the event would not be a political rally.
The community planned to gather members from other regions this morning at the Hotel Indonesia roundabout to hold a morning run wearing the t-shirt with a hashtag that went viral in the last couple of weeks.