One hundred candles lit for Marsinah

Source – May 8, 2010
Activists hold candle lit vigil for Marsinah (Satu Harapan)
Activists hold candle lit vigil for Marsinah (Satu Harapan)

Mega Putra Ratya, Jakarta – Around 200 people from the Indonesian People’s Opposition Front (FOR Indonesia) held an action in which 100 candles were lit at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta to commemorate 17 years since the murder of labour activist Marsinah.

The protesters demanded that the government immediately conduct a full investigation into Marsinah’s death.

According to action coordinator Nining Elitos, although 17 years have now passed, to this day there has not been one perpetrator of Marsinah’s murder that has been indicted over the case.

“We have sent a protest letter to the government [calling on them] to fully resolve the case. We are asking that Marsinah become a hero of the women’s labour [movement]”, said Elitos on Saturday May 8.

Marsinah was known as a vocal labour activist in campaigning for workers’ rights. She was found dead and mutilated in May 1993. The autopsy results showed that Marsinah had been killed after being tortured. (mpr/irw)

[Translated by James Balowski.]