Officials paint over critical street art in Yogyakarta morning before Jokowi's visit

CNN Indonesia – September 11, 2021
Video screenshot of mural at Wirobrajan intersection in Yogyakarta before being painted over – September 10, 2021 (Detik)

Yogyakarta – A mural on the eastern side of the Wirobrajan intersection in Central Java city of Yogyakarta was covered over with black paint on the morning of Friday September 10.

It is known that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo would be passing through this stretch of road during a working visit to Yogyakarta today.

Yogyakarta Mayor Haryadi Suyuti has asked people jot to pre-judge the removal of the mural saying it was done as part of a routine weekly cleanup, not just because of the mural.

"We were doing a routine cleanup right, not [just] cleaning off the mural", he told journalists.

Quoting from the Gejayan Calling (Gejayan Memanggil) Instagram account, which immortalised the mural before it was painted over, the picture was of a figure whose eyes were covered with the writing "404 Not Found" with the message "The regime is afraid of pictures".

During his working visit to Yogyakarta on Friday, Widodo asked Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X to accelerate the Covid-19 vaccination program for the region.

The request was made during an internal meeting with the provincial and regency regional leadership coordinating forum at the Pracimasono Building at the Kepatihan complex in Danurejan.

"[We are] accelerating vaccinations in concert with the gradual reopening (of public places)", said the Sultan following the meeting, although he said that Widodo did not give any specific vaccine targets for Yogyakarta.

"Vaccinations must be done as widely as possible even if it's only the first dose", he added. (kid, kum/gil)

[Abridged translation by James Balowski. The second part of the article which was not translated detailed the Covid-19 situation in Yogyakarta, vaccination rates and comments by Widodo. The original title of the article was "Jokowi Mau Lewat, Coretan Kritikan di Yogya Dihapus".]