Students pelt ‘Hillary’ with shoes, blame US for violence in Gaza

Source – February 18, 2009
Protest action in Aceh against visit by Hillary Clinton (Salam Online)
Protest action in Aceh against visit by Hillary Clinton (Salam Online)

Ari Saputra, Jakarta – At least 50 pairs of shoes were held up then after receiving a command from the action coordinator who shouted in a shrill voice “Destroy America”, the shoes glided toward a photograph of Hillary Clinton’s face.

The action in which Hillary Clinton’s photograph was pelted with shoes was organised by demonstrators from the Student Movement for Liberation (Gema Pembebasan) in front of the State Place on Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat in Central Jakarta on Wednesday February 18.

Gema Pembebasan also urged the government to remain on guard against US colonialist strategies under the guise of diplomacy.

According to Gema Pembebasan general secretary Erwin Permana, this diplomatic strategy is a new method the US is using to dominate the world. “The government mustn’t be nonchalant. It must be on guard in order to escape from dependency on America, which is responsible for the violence and mass murder of people in the Gaza Strip”, said Permana.

In addition to pelting Clinton’s picture with shoes, the demonstrators also brought posters with US flags and the message “Hillary NO”. There was only a minor police presence at the protest due to the small number of demonstrators. (nik/gah)

[Translated by James Balowski.]