Student protests

Jokowi kicks off new term

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo was sworn in for a second term on Sunday, as helicopters flew overhead and troops kept watch in the capital Jakarta – days after Islamist militants tried to assassinate his top security minister.Foreign heads of state, lawmakers and political rivals looked on as Widodo, 58, and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, 76, read an oath to start a five-year tenure leading the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation.Outside parliament, red-and-white Indonesian flags dotted pa

21 October 2019

Indonesia calls for probe into Papua deaths

Indonesia's human rights commission called for a probe into scores of deaths in Papua on Friday after some of the deadliest violence in years swept the restive region.Dozens were killed when riots broke out in Wamena city last month, with some victims burned alive when buildings were set ablaze, and others stabbed in the chaos.Since mid-August, Papua has been hit by waves of mass protests and violence fuelled by racism against indigenous Papuans by Indonesians from other parts of the arc

19 October 2019

Did the media hijack Indonesia’s student protests?

Students in Indonesia have been protesting on the streets since late September. Many observers have referred to the protests as “the largest student movement since 1998”. The 1998 student movement eventually brought down the country’s president at that time, Suharto. The protests, due to its large scale, is garnering attention all around the world.

3 October 2019