TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Deputy Governor of DKI Jakarta Ahmad Riza Patria said the number of mass demonstrations was not a measure. According to him, the most important thing is the substance of the ideas conveyed.
“The size of the demonstration is not important, what matters is the substance,” he said at City Hall, Central Jakarta, Monday, April 11, 2022.
The Deputy Governor of DKI invited residents to join the demonstration as long as it was orderly. This is because Indonesia is a democratic country.
Citizens’ aspirations can also be conveyed through people’s representatives in the DPR, MPR, the central government, or the DKI government.
“We respect and appreciate various inputs, including constructive criticism,” said the Gerindra Party politician.
During the student demonstration of the Indonesian Executive Board for Indonesia (BEM SI) at the DPR Building, the demonstration ended in chaos. The mass of non-students even threw stones at the BEM SI command car that was leaving the demonstration site.
University of Indonesia lecturer Ade Armando was attacked by violent demonstrations on April 11 after students left the location.
Previously, the BEM SI student demonstration urged President Joko Widodo or Jokowi to reject the discourse of postponing the 2024 General Election. They also demanded that Jokowi review the National Capital Law (UU IKN) and thoroughly investigate the cooking oil mafia.
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