In this episode of Dialogika, we discuss the recent eviction and demolition of the Kalijodo neighborhood in North Jakarta, in particular focusing on Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama—more commonly known as “Ahok”— and his ‘strongman’ tactics, which involved the presence of military (TNI) forces in executing said eviction & demolition. We dig deeper into the legality of Ahok’s actions and break down the different roles and responsibilities of military & police units in Indonesia, touching on the controversial uses of the military in the nation’s past.
We also profile Surabaya mayor Tri Rismaharini and her tactics in evicting and demolishing the Dolly neighborhood, and how her methods contrast to Ahok’s methods. All these issues and topics are explored in the context of not only Ahok’s re-election campaign for the Jakarta gubernatorial race next year, but also the need to hold our politicians—especially those we admire and respect—and their actions & policies accountable to our democratic beliefs and values. Yay democracy!
Thanks for listening!