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I suppose in countries that make no pretence of tolerating free speech, one might expect a young lady who criticises some aspect of society, or of its citizens, to be jailed in response to the wounded bleating of uptight jerks.
In Red China, for instance, I note today that journos are being coerced into studying how best to report the lies that communism thrives on, a compulsory test on marxist ideology! In ghastly tyrannies like the Islamic Republic of Iran, questioning the theocratic state will land you in the slammer tout suite too.
But here in Indonesia?
And of all places Jogjakarta, a city I have always really liked, a university town par excellence, with a benevolent sultan the likes of whom most other parts of the archipelago would envy?
But believe it or not, a girl named Florence Sihombing has been consigned to a cell for ‘insulting the community!’ And she’s been neither tried nor convicted for this deranged ‘offence.’
Florence is a student who posted angrily on a part of the social media called Path, with which I’m not familiar. She had had an annoying experience with a gas-station queueand responded by lambasting the community in which it occurred.
“Gimana Indonesia bisa maju? Mau aja lo semua diperbudak keadaan. TOLOL sampai 7 generasi. Dan mau-maunya Jogja diperbudak monopoli Pertamina. Pantesan MISKIN“. http://lipsus.kompas.com/topikpilihanlist/3214/1/kisah.florence.dan.warga.yogya
You can use Google Translate or any similar device to get her message.
Probably over the top, but compared to many sites I’ve seen, fairly mild. Many Western commenters seem reluctant to debate politely, whereas Indonesians usually are.
Anyway, it hardly matters.
Whatever short-comings in Jogjakarta society Florence may have pointed out, they could, if they were unjustified, have been refuted by Jogja people on the same or other social media.,
YA GOTTA BE KIDDING!
Instead a so-called NGO had a tantrum, which they took to the cop-shop!!
Adults, like little kids, the infamous ‘hurt feelings’ syndrome yet again, unwilling or unable to argue effectively, go bleating to Jogja Police.
Of course the constabulary told them to stop wasting police time, dry their eyes and act like grown-ups.
YA GOTTA BE KIDDING!
Florence has been DETAINED! Seems she may face charges under the internet laws.
How utterly shaming for any country that would allow such a thing to happen.
At least the Jakarta Post has reported the disgraceful case, but doesn’t give any details of what Florence actually said, so I had a look at Kompas.com which has shown more journalistic professionalism.
On Thursday (28/08/2014) afternoon, the non-governmental organization (NGO) Do Not Betray the Voice of the People (Sura Jati) came to Yogyakarta police headquarters to report the actions of the Path account owner who has tainted the good name of Yogyakarta.
Fajar Rianto, Chairman of Sura Jati, explained his outfit’s determination to teach critics of Jogja a lesson.
Florence has been insulting and harassing the people of Yogyakarta. As per the Law of Information and Electronic Transactions (ITE), when there is someone writing elements of humiliation, harassment, or morality, then she can be criminally liable.
This outraged little chap actually uses the words ‘teach a lesson.’
Has he also stamped his little foot?
As if he represents anyone. He’s not the sultan, he’s not described as an elected member of Jogja’s provincial assembly or a city councillor. He’s merely ‘chairman’ of an un-elected NGO, which means he speaks only for his Sura Jati think-alikes.
There has been no news videos of Jogja folk taking to the streets to assuage their grief at the harassment or humiliation by Florence, likely because, like normal people everywhere, they are far too busy getting on with their lives to bother about what a student says on Path!
I feel sorry for Fajar.
But sorrier still for an harmless girl held in a police cell.
PS She’s just been on the evening news, saying how sorry she is. Guess she wants to go home. I can understand why, but if I were her, I’d be tempted to tell her tormentors to go Fajar themselves.
As I said above, I have always liked Jogjakarta, but tonight I like it a little less.
I see Obama’s pinko lackeys on a ‘federal immigration board’ have handed down what their fans call ‘a historic victory for Central American refugees’ this month, effectively expanding the definiition of ‘asylum’ to anyone anywhere whose spouse gives ‘em a slap on the ear.
Ooops. sorry, Jiggs, the ruling applies ONLY to women.
Now every married woman fleeing domestic violence in Guatemala will be entitled to take up residence in the USA, joining all the other parasitic illegals digging their snouts into the American tax-dollar-trough.
Hard to find words for this imbecilic edict, but the screwed-up crimmigrant-coddlers on that board must have spent some helluva time scraping around looking for ways to destroy border security..
- Political asylum used to be sought by decent dissenters fleeing totalitarian tyranny.
Now, because Guatemala “has a culture of machismo and family violence,” the board said a married woman there who flees an abusive relationship can be considered a member of a “particular social group” – a crucial qualification for asylum eligibility.
Obama and his racist hitman Holder, who oversees these ‘boards,’ must know full well that it ain’t only Guatemala that has a ‘machismo’ culture.
Much of Latin America, Africa and Asia are similarly ‘machismo’ cultures. Logically, any woman who lives in a shariah state should also qualify for ‘asylum,’ since rights Western women take for granted are denied those poor bints, condemned to burkas, denied equal inheritance rights, denied polyandry despite men’s polygamous privileges, etc.,etc.
I feel sorry for them, but no way can Western lands just open their doors to all – at least not if Western governments and courts are motivated by their own countries’ welfare.
Potentially millions of Third World women fall into this new ‘particular social group’ and thus may soon fall upon the American public purse.
That is the grand design, after all, adding those women – and any brats they bring along – to the hordes already swamping American cities.
Needless to say, since that board is so sedulously serving the cultural marxist agenda, the White House did not oppose those findings. .http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/Domestic-violence-ruled-a-reason-for-political-5714402.php
I honestly fear that Obama WILL destroy America, with all these quisling creep ‘boards’ doing his dirty work.
- One hopes that patriotic Americans are at least keeping track of the names of those who serve on them, identifying all these enemies within for the Day of Reckoning that must surely come.
Mungkin kalian bisa liat dia segera di dalam gedung terkenal di Jakarta?