Intelligence bill draws protests from students, NGOs

Metrotv News – October 11, 2011
Protest against Draft Intelligence Law (Viva)
Protest against Draft Intelligence Law (Viva)

Jakarta – The enactment of the Intelligence Law by the House of Representatives (DPR) on Tuesday afternoon was greeted by protests by several different groups around the country. In Jakarta and Solo, opposition was expresses by street demonstrations.

In Jakarta, scores of non-government organisation from greater Jakarta and the satellite cities of Bogor, Tangerang and Bekasi held a protest action in front of the DPR building in Jakarta. The protesters called on the DPR to revoke the law, which they said threatens freedom of expression and human rights.

A protest action was also held by hundreds of students in the Central Java city of Solo. During the action, which was held at the Gladag traffic circle in the city, the students set fire to a draft of the Intelligence Law. They also issued a statement on behalf of Solo students expressing concern that the law will be used as a tool by the state to spy on the people and in the interests of those in power. (DSY)

Source: Pengesahan UU Intelijen terus Menuai Protes – Selasa, 11 Oktober 2011

 [Translated by James Balowski.]