Fears of repression grow in virus-crippled Indonesia

first_imgHuman rights organizations believe the hacking was an attempt to frame Ravio as a provocateur calling for nationwide riots on April 30. Labor groups have previously threatened to protest the omnibus bill on job creation on the same date, although the plan was later cancelled.National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono confirmed the arrest of the two people in a press conference on Thursday evening, saying that Ravio was arrested as he was about to enter a vehicle belonging to the Dutch Embassy. Ravio was released on Friday but is still facing incitement charges, while the police are trying to trace his digital activities and authenticate his hacking claim. Aldo Kaligis of Amnesty International Indonesia has called on the police to fully investigate the case. “Ravio’s arrest is believed to be linked to his criticism of the government. If proven true, there should be an independent, in-depth investigation and legal action against the perpetrators of the hacking and his arrest,” he said. In Malang, three student activists, who often take part in Kamisan protests — a weekly silent protest held every Thursday to demand state action on human rights abuses — and who are involved in advocating for Tegalrejo farmers in Malang regency that are defending their land against a corporation, were arrested for vandalism.The Surabaya Legal Aid Institute (LBH) criticized their arrest, saying they were apprehended by the police and named suspects based on mere speculation. “We demand the three activists be released immediately because their arrests were flawed. This is a violation of justice,” he said.In Yogyakarta, the local chapter of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi Yogyakarta) in Kotagede, claimed that local authorities had dispersed one of their meetings on the grounds that it violated physical distancing rules.  The activists said the meeting had followed the prescribed protocols and was allowed to be held before locals and members of the police and the Indonesian Military (TNI) came to the office to disband them.  Yogyakarta-based charity group Jogja Food Solidarity (SPJ) has claimed that the police have been monitoring its charity work in distributing food, facemasks, health supplements and hand sanitizer to low-income informal workers in the province.Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Noory Okthariza deplored law enforcement officials for what he called repressive action, arguing that the government’s hostility toward its critics would only backfire. “These kinds of things only worsen the situation at a time when the police should focus on [enforcement of] large scale social restrictions [PSBB],” adding that the incidents could reflect that the government’s was learning toward a security focused approach to handle criticism of its policies to contain COVID-19.Topics : Activists have raised the alarm over a growing climate of fear in Indonesia following the arrests of a number of people critical of the government as it scrambles to weather the social and economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In Jakarta, a government critic was arrested and questioned for 33 hours after his WhatsApp account, which he claimed was hacked, broadcast an inflammatory message calling for nationwide looting. In Malang, East Java, three students were arrested on charges of vandalism and “inciting people to fight against capitalism”.   The incidents, the activists said, were indications that the state was now more inclined to resort to acts of repression and intimidation to silence critics, a trend that has put the President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s credentials as a democratic leader in time of crisis in question. “The President’s commitment to upholding the democratic system during the [COVID-19] crisis should be evaluated,” said Wahyudi Djafar, the deputy director of the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM).   In the past few days, human rights groups have rallied behind Ravio Patra, an independent researcher known for his critical tweets and op-ed on government policies who was arrested by the police after reporting that his WhatsApp account had been hacked and found to have broadcast provocative messages. Ravio and a Dutch citizen identified as RS were arrested by the Jakarta Police between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday, shortly after he announced on his twitter account @raviopatra that his WhatsApp account had been hacked, although he later recovered it.Read also: The curious case of Ravio Patra: Why Indonesian cyberspace is a dystopian nightmarelast_img read more

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Alexandre Lacazette reveals major difference between Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 1 Apr 2019 10:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link774Shares Alexandre Lacazette reveals major difference between Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger Advertisement Commentcenter_img Lacazette has scored 13 Premier League goals this season (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette admits the Arsenal team feel more confident under Unai Emery’s management in comparison to Arsene Wenger’s.The Frenchman scored in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle in the Premier League on Monday night to push the club up to third in the Premier League.When asked about the difference within the team this season in comparison to last season under Wenger, Lacazette told Sky Sports: ‘I think we are more confident and everybody knows what we have to do.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘When you win a lot of games in a row of course there is a lot of confidence.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal are now in third position in the Premier League with just seven games to go, and look on course to secure Champions League football for next season.Now, for the first time, Lacazette has spoken about the Gunners playing elite European football during the next campaign.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I can feel the difference in the atmosphere from last season, now we can maybe go to the Champions League,’ he added.‘The fans helped us to get third place. We work every day to be in third place, now we must stay in this position.’Arsenal’s next game is against Everton on April 7 before a Europa League clash against Napoli on April 11.MORE: Bellerin mocks Tottenham as Arsenal leapfrog rivals with Newcastle winWill Arsenal finish in the top four this season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisementlast_img read more

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