Intelligence agency officials refuse to accept ‘flowers for Munir’

Source – September 7, 2007
Activists commemorate Munir's death outside BIN offices - September 7, 2007 (Liputan 6)
Activists commemorate Munir's death outside BIN offices - September 7, 2007 (Liputan 6)

Anwar Khumaini, Jakarta – A bunch of roses and a wreath of flowers symbolising the death of Munir was handed to officials on guard in front of the National Intelligence Agency (BIN) offices. Not one of them however wanted to accept them.

“They don’t even want to accept the flowers, let alone investigate the Munir murder case”, said the coordinator of the action angrily in front of the BIN offices on Jl. Pejaten in Jakarta on Friday September 7.

Participating in the action were some 1 thousand people from the Solidarity Alliance for Munir and Democracy (Asumsi).

In a speech meanwhile, the coordinator of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) said that they had come there not to attack BIN but to ask that people who commit villainous crimes against humanity be immediately taken to court.

The action brought traffic to a standstill on both lanes of the road with hundreds of local residents watching the demonstration. Even though they were prevented from approaching by an iron fence and the railway tracks between the residential area and the main road in front of BIN, the spectators also joined in enthusiastically shouting “Viva Munir!”.

Tight security was maintained by police while inside the BIN offices security personnel in light-green uniforms carried truncheons. At around 3pm the protesters left the BIN offices and headed off to the State Palace on Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara in Central Jakarta. (sss/ana)

[Translated by James Balowski.]