Indonesians demand gov't's acts to end corruption

19:01, December 09, 2009      

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Indonesians welcomed the commemoration of the world's anti-corruption day with protests to vent their expression in hating corruption committed by officials in the government.

Hundreds of people from several groups and students staged their protest in front of the presidential palace which was heavily guarded by the police. Housewives brought their children to take part in the protests conducted in cloudy morning in the capital city.

They yelled their anti-corruption stances and urged the government to bring officials committed in the corruption to court.

The momentum to express their anti-corruption drive met the right time with the commemoration of world's anti-corruption day Tuesday.

The action followed the Indonesian legal apparatus' handling on alleged bank scam allegedly involved by two senior officials in the government that reportedly cost the state at 6.7 trillion rupiah (710 million U.S. dollars).

The protesters burned down effigies of officials who allegedly committed in the alleged ill-conducted bailout plan for Century Bank conducted in November last year when they served in PresidentSusilo Bambang Yudhoyono's first term administration.

"Indonesian people already had enough with corruption which has been regarded as the most furious cancer in this country. This should be used as a momentum. The president should be in this force, don't stand against the stream to fight corruption," Yudi Latif, an official of Indonesia Clean Movement who partly organized the protests in Jakarta said.

Yudi said that the protest was apparently a historical moment in Indonesia since many people across the country were enthusiastic to join the protests.

"We expect that there will be 20,000 to 30,000 people joined the protests in the capital city. Similar protests are also conducted at the same time in Makassar and Surabaya," Yudi said, referring to the capital cities of South Sulawesi and east Java.

Echoing the same opinion, a student of the University of Indonesia, Imam Hermanda, who take part in the protest call on Indonesian people to unite in the efforts to fight corruption.

The protest was conducted peacefully amid the fear that it would be used by the president's opponents to undermine the existing government by inciting unrest during the protest, the president has warned earlier.

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