We are not alone. Police brutality strikes our Indonesian counterpart, too. Thuggery is universal. It is a state project as well, a state of mind of insecured and coward leaders. In the name of security (and traffic!), police become thugs with just one phone call, one sms, perhaps, one word. Who are the victims? And what is their crime?
Their only crime is to express themselves. These are students at the National University of Jakarta demonstrating against hike in fuel oil as high as 28.7 percent on 24 May.
The police march in. It gives me a familiar feeling of how the police force turn into state thugs when asked to do so.
Police, with helmets and shields chase unarmed and peaceful protesting students. Why are the police dressed so protectively when they are the abusers?
Police are experts vandalisers. Vehicles damaged during the stand-off between police and students.
The only thing left behind are bloody memories and bloody trails.
*Images sent by Indonesia’s Legal Aid Foundation.