Housewives, farmers call for capital investment law to be revoked

Source – July 5, 2007
Protest in front of the Constitutional Court in Jakarta (Pos Kota)
Protest in front of the Constitutional Court in Jakarta (Pos Kota)

Indra Shalihin, Jakarta – Wearing traditional woven bamboo hats, housewives, farmers and student went to the Constitutional Court on Thursday July 5 to demand that Law No. 25/2007 on Capital Investment be revoked.

The protesters numbering some 100 people from the Indonesian Farmers Federation (FSPI) and Women’s Solidarity for Human Rights (Solidaritas Perempuan) held the action in front of the Constitutional Court on Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat.

Written on the hats were the words “Revoke the capital investment law”. They also brought a number of posters with messages such as “The capital investment law fails to side with the people” and “The capital investment law is the same as an order from imperialism”.

The students held a theatrical action depicting a hearing at the Constitutional Court in which the people brought a bundle of documents pertaining to land reform. “Sirs, please revoke the capital investment law”, asked the people. But the Constitutional Court refused to listen to the people’s demands..

The action proceeded in an orderly fashion under the guard of dozens of police officers. The traffic flow from the Indosat building in the direction of Harmoni was slowed to a crawl. (sss/ana)

[Translated by James Balowski.]