Why This Indonesian Activist Has Been Protesting For 13 Years | ASIAN BOSS

Kamisan Action is a weekly silent protest that happens in Indonesia in protest of the ignorance of the various human rights abuses happening throughout Indonesia’s modern history. We meet the founder of this organization, Maria Catarina Sumarsih, whose son was killed in the Trisakti shootings in 1998, as they celebrate their thirteenth anniversary. We find out what motivated her to start this organization, and how her demands will be met. Thanks to Maria Catarina Sumarsih for sharing her story.

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107 comments

  1. “Tired, yes. Giving up, no.”

    Unconditional and unrelenting mother’s love. Hell hath no fury like a bereft mother.

    Tetap kuat dan semangat bu. Peluk ibu.

  2. I can see that She is very Genuine for doing this thing… I love her….
    I hope Indonesian people can more respectful about human right, especially the government

  3. Me as an indonesian have something to say

    She was talking about the dictatorship of another era

    The president she was talking about is already dead

    Her point was to have the current government ( president ) to take a look back at the old cases of every victim that had fallen due to the protest

    I’m not saying things out of hate, but seriously.. this is already such an old case.. past 20 years already almost 30

    Most people responsible for the deatgs of these students or the victims of the targeted ones.. are most likely dead..

    Even if they’re not dead, you cant deny that these people were just doing what they were commanded to

    The reason the current government are turning a blind eye, is because they know, that even if justice were to prevail

    It would have been useless, say no one else to blame, but the government

    And the current government arent the same from the old one

    So in the end, all she would have gotten.. would just be an apology

    And a sum money..

    Thats it.. 13 years for those, but they wouldnt get one.. why ? Because the government wouldnt want to take responsibility

    In other words.. they didnt want to give any free money to her, since the protests, her son and many others do

    Was a self proclaimed act, as they should have known the risks theh will get, shall they follow along the protest

    She also fights for the people’s voice.. then again.. this is also something that’s quite imposible to do

    Because there has been much bigger protests done for such topics, yet none changes the fact that the government’s an absolyte power in the country’s system

    It’s the same to most other country.. which was why.. i really wanted her to just back down

    Enjoy her old life.. instead of fighting in an endless void..

    If i were her, i’d work hard in the government instead of quitting.. so that i could get power in politics, and change it from the inside

    Instead of protesting and whining without getting any results

  4. I have been reading about this case in recent years. Ibu Sumarsih always explains the same things for what she asked & hoped. But, I never watch any video about her. Today is my first experience listening to all the narratives I usually read. I didn’t expect to be teary but I cried. Panjang umur perempuan. Panjang umur perjuangan.

  5. I feel so ignorant with the fact that i don’t know that this is happening, and that’s how much this protest have never been talked and broadcasted on television. I’m so sorry:”((

  6. Channel yang menarik bagi saya masyarakat Indonesia dan mungkin juga masyarakat luar negeri. Saran saya perlu ditambahkan sedikit narasi dari pembawa acara tentang topik yang akan dibahas, jadi tidak keseluruhan dijelaskan oleh narasumber. Dalam hal ini misalnya pertanyaan tentang kondisi umum politik, ekonomi, dan sosial tidak perlu ditanyakan seakan-akan pewawancara memang ‘belum tahu’. Alangkah lebih baik hal tersebut dijelaskan dalam bentuk narasi, dengan tujuan agar lebih efektif dan terjadi kesan bahwa tim pewawancara sudah mempersiapkan materi. Terimakasih, semoga ada pertimbangan lebih lanjut demi konten lokal yang lebih baik 🙌

  7. Sadly, many indonesians still dont know about this. This issue definitely needs more recognition. Props to Asian Boss for bringing up this issue, and also cheers for Ramzy and keep growing, thank you.

  8. I was born in 1998
    ..but I am often told about this tragedy by my uncle who helped depose SOEHARTO
    .. and when my uncle took part in this incident the SITUASION THERE WAS VERY STRESSFUL

    1. @Rezza Aulia when I heard it, it sounded like the Filipino word “karahasan” Plus “anak” is also in bahasa right? “Anak” is son/daughter in Filipino.

  9. It was a demonstration of the *1998 tragedy* , the dark days of Indonesia. If you want to know, you can read the history, it’s awful for that activist

  10. I have been interested in this protest action for a long time, but the Indonesian media has only given little to no attention to this action. Thank you Asian Boss for showing spotlight on this action and issue, I hope this issue will be given more exposure in the future.

  11. Ohh ini kamisan tuh, waktu itu ada warga sekitar kampusku yg demo menolak aksi kamisan dilakukan di desa itu, tapi asli itu ngga pernah terjadi, kami sih mikirnya warga nyari sensasi aja pake ngeblock jalan masuk ._.

  12. They are poor, protest also nonsense. For the rich, no need protest.

    Indonesia is the place that look good on the paper, but deep inside their quality is very bad.

  13. Fakta lucu, orang-orang yang bilang orde baru itu otoriter karena membunuh mahasiswa pendemo, adalah orang-orang yang sama yang kalo ditanya “Trus kemaren apa? Puluhan mahasiswa juga pelajar dibunuh aparat karena demo RUU KPK?” mereka akan jawab “Oh, iya, mereka dibunuh karena perusuh.”

  14. There is no need yo investigate it because the CIS already declassified all the info

    semua hal tentang orba sudah online di keluarkan dari CIA tapi semua orang yang membunuh banyak orang jaman orba masih di dalem pemerintah

  15. Pertama kali gua tau soal Aksi Kamisan ini dari Panji Pragiwaksono. Dari situ, gua mulai sadar kalau media kita hampir gak pernah ngeliput berita ini. Gua bahkan ingat bgt selama 12 tahun gua belajar di sekolah, guru gua gak pernah ngasih tau soal ini. Pun setelah gua kuliah sekarang, ketika dikasih tugas soal HAM, gak ada satu pun dari temen-temen gua yg paham soal Aksi Kamisan ini. Di kelas, cuma gua yg tau. Miris emg. Mungkin karena gua gak tinggal di satu pulau yg sama dgn lokasi Aksi Kamisan ini berada. Ya cuma cukup membuktikan kalau gak banyak orang Indonesia yg tau ttg sisi gelap pemerintahan kita yg satu ini. Harapan gua, semoga dgn adanya liputan ini, semua orang sadar kalau pemerintah kita masih punya PR besar di bidang HAM, yg belum tuntas ini.

    Sehat terus buat kita semua.

  16. Iya bener keadilan untuk nyawa manusia .. nabrak babi saja di gebuki sampe meninggal gak di penjara… pelaku.. apa lagi pemerintah yg melakukan. Sekarang demo unjuk rasa rakyatnya mana mau di dengarkan. (Kpk.omnibuslaw.korupsi) gak ada respon..

  17. Nobody:
    Indonesian people in 1998: *starts revolting*
    Soeharto: I had so many troops stationed in the capital. No one could defeat me.
    Protesters: *Starts to climb MPR’s building*
    Soeharto: You don’t supposed to do that

    1. Pake Format Trump Aja “You Were Not Supposed To Do That” Lebih Ada Referance Jadi Lebih Lucu + Kalo Jokes Udah Panjang Janggan Pake Nobody Malah Jadi Ganggu

  18. I hope i’m not vanished after commenting on this. So here we go Indonesia National Army protecting those perpetrators and will not say anything about that tragedy bcause of Solidarity between soldiers…

  19. If they didn’t do anything about it for the last 13 years, they’re not going to do it anyway(at least not anytime soon). Might as well use a seventh of your week visiting your son’s grave or carry on

  20. as an indonesian. thank you for telling her story, i feel like many youngsters havent know about her, because this kind of thing i dont think has even been brought up to the national tv broadcasts.. and the fact that its already 13 years but not many people know about it..

  21. Emang kesel liat kondisi politik di indonesia. Selama orang kuasanya tinggi mereka pasti imun dari penjara. Bahkan orang orang yang nyuri dari negara kita sendiri dikasih treatment di penjara yang lebih baik daripada orang yang hidup di kelas menengah.

  22. Apakah ibu maria masih melakukan ini sekarang di outbreak virus corona?

    Translation:

    Does Mrs. Maria still do this now in the corona virus outbreak?

  23. Indonesia Then: *Protesting for the resignation of President Suharto*

    Indonesia Now: *Littering which results in flooding and protest to the government because of flooding*

  24. wow, i just found out that this was a thing.
    i spent the years complaining about how the media like cnn is corrupting the west without realizing the media at my home also brainwashes us.

    very interesting documantary, asian boss.

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