In this episode, Stephanie’s back as we address the recent suicide bombings that happened in Surabaya this past weekend, which hit a number of churches and reignited fears of terrorism as it emerged that the attackers were a family led by fundamentalist extremists under the teachings of ISIS. The fact that these attacks occurred on the week of the 20th anniversary of the May 1998 riots have generated even more worries among Indonesians, especially Chinese-Indonesians, who have historically been targeted as an ethnic and religious minority group. We talk about our reactions to hearing the news (as we both are currently living outside of Indonesia) and discuss President Jokowi’s call for Parliament to quickly pass revisions to current anti-terrorism laws in order to give the police and military forces more power to fight terrorism. While we understand where the government is coming from, there are significant concerns to these revisions, as it may give the military huge amounts of power to invade people’s privacy and violate civil liberties in the name of security — which, given the significance of this week, is a scary reminder of what happened 20 years ago.
Our thoughts are with everyone in Surabaya #BersatuLawanTeroris #KamiTidakTakut
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