Yudhoyono and Boediono ‘pray in front of corpse’ at Samarinda action

Kaltim Tribune – October 20, 2011
Student protest marks 2nd year of SBY-Boediono government (Central SPKAJ)
Student protest marks 2nd year of SBY-Boediono government (Central SPKAJ)

Hasbi, Samarinda – Actions today commemorating the second year of the administration of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) and Vice President Boediono were not just held at the State Palace in Jakarta but also in other parts of the country.

In the East Kalimantan city of Samarinda protests were held at several different locations including the Voorvo intersection in front of the Lembuswana shopping mall, the East Kalimantan Regional House of Representatives (DPRD) and the governor’s office.

At the Voorvo intersection, scores of students from the East Kalimantan Indonesian Muslim Students Action Front (KAMMI) and the Mulawarman University Student Executive Council (BEM) took turns giving speeches.

The protesters also held a theatrical action depicting the failures of the Yudhoyono-Boediono regime, which began with a scene in which Yudhoyono and Boediono “prayed” in front of a “corpse” wrapped in a cloth shroud. The corpse was then placed in front of the site where they were demonstrating.

The protesters also brought organisational paraphernalia, banners, posters and leaflets containing a list of the government’s failures.

“The SBY-Boediono administration is two years old, but up until now there has not been much change taking place in this republic. Because of this SBY’s failure are absolutely clear”, shouted KAMMI chairperson Surahman.

Following the protest action, the students also collected funds for victims of a fire on Jl. Pahlawan.

Source: Di Samarinda, “SBY-Boediono” Berdoa di Depan “Mayat” – Tribun Kaltim. Kamis, 20 Oktober 2011

 [Translated by James Balowski.]