Indonesia: student demonstration forcibly disbandedEvent
- Initial Date
- Aug 25, 2022
- Event Description
The University of Indonesia Student Executive Board admitted that they were forcibly disbanded and treated harshly when holding demonstrations on campus. This happened on Thursday (25/8/2022) yesterday. The Coordinator for the Social and Political Affairs of BEM UI 2022, Melki Sedek Huang, said that initially BEM UI only wanted to invite new students who were taking part in the campus introduction event to discuss campus issues. "However, some members of the Campus Environmental Security (PLK) shouted at us and banned us, even though we were not in action or spreading posters and banners," said Melki to Kompas.com, Friday (26/8/2022).
Furthermore, BEM UI students were invited to discuss by representatives of the UI Directorate of Student Affairs (Dirmawa). BEM UI then expressed a desire to meet Ari Kuncoro because coincidentally he was present to deliver a speech at the Introduction to Campus Life for New Students (PKKMB). They wanted to convey four issues to the chancellor, namely the murder of Akseyna at UI which UI never cared about, education costs that were not transparent, UI statutes, and sexual violence on campus. "And we gave time until 09.30 WIB. However, until 09.30 we did not get an answer regarding the Rector's wish, but representatives from Dirmawa UI asked for more time until 10.00 am," said Melki. "Then an agreement was made, that is, if it is until 10:00 and the new student choir has finished but there is no will from the UI Chancellor, we will immediately take action on the spot," continued Melki.
Finally, at 10:00, BEM UI stretched banners, posters, and made speeches and sang by walking from the door of the Balairung to the Rotunda Field. It was at that time that the UI PLK forcibly dispersed the BEM UI action. "The PLK was very rude. We were forced to disband, were pushed violently, some of our friends were abused, and some PLK members seemed to want to beat us," he said. Due to this harsh treatment and BEM's unanswered demands, BEM UI also plans to hold another demonstration on Tuesday, August 30. The action will take place with a Long March to the UI Rectorate Building. "This action is carried out as a form of encouragement so that the campus is immediately aware, wants to improve, and fix existing problems," said Melki.
Contacted separately, the Head of the Public Relations and KIP UI Bureau Amelita Lusia confirmed that the PKKMB event that was held yesterday was an event intended for new students. Therefore, it is not appropriate if the event is used as an action event for BEM UI students. "It is natural for senior students to understand this, warmly welcome their younger siblings after the lecture period, as well as when they first set foot when they were new students," said Amel. "If there is something that students want to convey, UI has channels and mechanisms to convey it," he continued.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Other (e.g. undefined, organisation, community)
- Violence (physical)
- Rights Concerned
- Freedom of assembly
- Freedom of expression
- Right to healthy and safe environment
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 25 August 2022, a group of students of the Student Executive Board were violently disbanded by the police when holding a peaceful demonstration in the University of Indonesia, West Java, Indonesia.