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"Gejayan Calls" Again Voices Democracy's Anxiety

The "Gejayan Summoning" action was held again in Sleman Regency, DI Yogyakarta. Students voiced their concerns.

This article has been translated using AI. See Original .
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MOHAMAD FINAL DAENG
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The following article was translated using both Microsoft Azure Open AI and Google Translation AI. The original article can be found in ”Gejayan Memanggil” Kembali Suarakan Keresahan Demokrasi

A banner displaying demands and criticisms of the government of President Joko Widodo was unveiled by protesters at the intersection of Colombo Road and Gejayan Road in Sleman Regency, DI Yogyakarta, on Monday (12/2/2024) afternoon.
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A banner displaying demands and criticisms of the government of President Joko Widodo was unveiled by protesters at the intersection of Colombo Road and Gejayan Road in Sleman Regency, DI Yogyakarta, on Monday (12/2/2024) afternoon.

SLEMAN, KOMPAS - Hundreds of students and cross-campus activists as well as organizations have once again voiced their concerns about the fate of democracy in the "Gejayan Calling" protest in Sleman Regency, DI Yogyakarta. They demand the salvation of democracy.

Participants gathered at the University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) Roundabout at around 2:00 pm on Monday (12/2/2024). They unfolded posters and banners protesting against the administration of President Joko Widodo.

"The mass element consists of students from several universities and democratic activists who are part of the Democracy Lawsuit Network. The mass then marched on foot from UGM roundabout to the intersection between Colombo Street and Gejayan Street, covering a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers."

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That point became the center of a protest with a number of speakers taking turns to give speeches. A theatrical performance was also featured to demonstrate their criticism of the current government. Traffic flow from all directions was also diverted.

The atmosphere of the "Gejayan Memanggil" rally was felt at the intersection of Colombo Road and Gejayan Road in Sleman Regency, DI Yogyakarta, on Monday (12/2/2024) afternoon.
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The atmosphere of the "Gejayan Memanggil" rally was felt at the intersection of Colombo Road and Gejayan Road in Sleman Regency, DI Yogyakarta, on Monday (12/2/2024) afternoon.

Siti Mauliani from the Executive Board of Student Council (BEM) Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta said that today's movement stems from the unease and anger of students towards various forms of violations and the degradation of the rule of law.

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"These days show that politics has brought down the dignity of law," he said.

She also called the current political elite "ethically challenged" and never thought about the condition of the people. "Democracy has become a tool to perpetuate the power of the political elite," said Siti.

Behind that, it means "help". We ask for assistance from everyone who still cares about democracy today.

In addition to students, several lecturers also participated in this protest, including Professor of Communication Science at the Islamic University of Indonesia (UII), Masduki. He stated that he participated in this action as a form of moral concern for the fate of democracy.

"We are voicing messages, alarms, that democracy is experiencing regression," he said.

He explained that this is evident from the immense pressure on freedom of expression, indications of greed for power, and the emergence of dynasty politics.

Demonstrators who are part of the Democracy Lawsuit Network brought kentungan (traditional Indonesian percussion instrument) and gentong (traditional Indonesian clay jar) as criticism of President Joko Widodo's administration to Bundaran UGM, Sleman District, DI Yogyakarta, on Monday (12/2/2024) afternoon.
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Demonstrators who are part of the Democracy Lawsuit Network brought kentungan (traditional Indonesian percussion instrument) and gentong (traditional Indonesian clay jar) as criticism of President Joko Widodo's administration to Bundaran UGM, Sleman District, DI Yogyakarta, on Monday (12/2/2024) afternoon.

During the action, a number of participants from the Democracy Challenge Network brought seven bells and barrels. Spokesperson for the Democracy Challenge Network, Sana Ulaili, explained that seven in Javanese is pitu.

"Behind that, the meaning is pitulungan. "We ask for help from everyone who still cares about democracy today," he said. The barrels that were carried were said to represent the seven "sins" of Jokowi's government.

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The Democracy Alliance Network has submitted 11 demands. Among them, the revision of the election and political party laws by an independent body, the prosecution of Jokowi and his cronies, the cessation of the politicization of social assistance, and the demand for an apology from intellectuals and cultural figures who support dynastic politics. Please note that the words PBB, PKS, and PPP cannot be translated.

The action lasted until 6:08 PM. The crowd then dispersed in an orderly manner. The traffic flow that was previously diverted was reopened.

Editor:
NELI TRIANA
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