Protesters reject 2014 elections, say Jokowi just a puppet

Viva News – March 13, 2014
KPA and PPR demonstrate in front of KPU office in Jakarta - March 13, 2014 (Viva)
KPA and PPR demonstrate in front of KPU office in Jakarta - March 13, 2014 (Viva)

Dedy Priatmojo, Syahrul Ansyari – Scores of demonstrators from the Alternative Political Committee (KPA) and the People’s Liberation Party (PPR) held a demonstration in front of the General Election Commission (KPU) offices in Central Jakarta on Thursday March 13, where they trampled on pictures of political figures including Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo or “Jokowi”.

On of the protesters, Surya said that Jokowi does not originate from the movements. He said that the track record of the former mayor of the Central Java city of Solo is problematic because he has failed to provide decent wages to workers.

“Jokowi has only played a role in the administrative and management sector, not in any substantial area”, said Surya.

Jokowi, continued Surya, has become popular because all of the current political figures are old establishment figures. Although Jokowi is a new arrival on the national political scene, the demonstrators said that it is not yet clear if he is any good and whether he will work for the ordinary people.

“Jokowi is just a puppet. If he wants to be courageous he should be against foreign [domination of the economy] and give workers decent wages”, he exclaimed.

Surya and his colleagues are also critical of the 2014 legislative and presidential elections because they are overly dominated by pro-capitalist issues.

He also criticised several figures and leaders from the political parties, one of which was Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) patron and presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto. “It was with ease that he formed a [political] party yet he has been embroiled in human rights cases”, he said. (ren)

[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service.]