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On Saturday night (16 January 2016), a number of non government organizations and community organizations held in solidarity with victims of Jakarta bombing. Hundreds of people participated in the rally in sidewalk near Starbucks Cafe which was one of the site attacks. Many of them brought a banner read : “We Are Not Afraid”.

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People brought a banner read : “Kami Tidak Takut” (We Are Not Afraid). Source : private collection

 

The Commission of For The Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KONTRAS) was one of the NGOs that participated in this rally.  Coordinator of KONTRAS, Haris Azhar said that people were not only expressed their their feeling of unfrightened but also rejected violence. “Terrorism is a form of violence that should be rejected”, he said in front of Starbucks Thamrin on Saturday night, January 16, 2016.

Azhar also emphasized that violence can not be combatted by violence. He invites people to participate in preventing terrorism in good ways .

Other people who joined this rally was Sumarsih. Besides condemning terror, she also stated that terror can be committed by the state. Her son, Benardinus Irmawan , was killed by gunfire on 13 November 1998 during riots and protests against the government of President BJ Habibie. The incident known as the Semanggi Tragedy.

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Sumarsih is praying . Source : private collection

Earlier, On Thursday morning (14 January), multiple explosion and gun attack rocked the Indonesian capital. In that incident, eight people were killed, including five terrorists and more than 20 people were injured. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have claimed responsibility for the bloody events.

In response of  the attack, Indonesian authorities raises security alert to the highest level. Police officers with rifles are deployed in some places such as shopping malls, foreign embassies , five stars hotel, as well as places near to site attacks.

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Police officers with rifle are deployed in front of Starbucks, which was one the site attacks. Source : private collection

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When the admin of this group announced that we should write about fashion, I was confused because I don’t consider myself as a fashionable. As for me, being fashionable needs a lot of money. Honestly, I almost never buy new clothes if I don’t really need it. I buy more books than clothes 😀 . But if you ask me what kind of clothes I wear to go to the office, i could show you my very casual outfit.

This picture was taken on 8 March 2015 at Bundaran HI. I was there to take picture of protest against gender discrimination.

This picture was taken on 8 March 2015 at Bundaran HI. I was there to take picture of protest against gender discrimination.

So, here is the detail of my outfit :

  • T-shirt reading “Sister in Danger” , bought from “Simponi” – an indie band that campaign for social issues , particulary on anti corruption and eradication of gender violence. If you care to support the movement, you could contact them to buy this t-shirt (if available) : @simponii at twitter or e-mail to simponi10@gmail.com
  • Jeans , bought at Matahari Department Store Pondok Gede
  • Backpack , bought at Ramayana Department Store, Taman Mini Square
  • Sunglasses, bought at Rodalink Kalimalang, Bekasi
  • Diadora shoes, bought at Sport Station , Taman Mini Square

I am sure that many of you wonder why I always wear this kind of outfit. First, I work in a sport media and our boss allows us to wear casual outfit. In reality, most of sport media worker wear casual outfit, not only in my office. Second, everyday I take transjakarta bus. Sometimes, the air conditioner inside the bus doesn’t function well that’s why I need to wear comfortable clothes. And the last, sport shoes prevent me from being stepped on when I stand inside the bus and also make me comfortable while walking.

I have been joining social media since 2004, when people started to have account in friendster. Since then, I met many new friends but I can’t count how many that I met. The first purpose of joining social media is to connect with friends, including old friends. The “other purpose” is to find new friends. Usually, I like meeting a new friends who share the same hobbies. However, I don’t rule out the possibility of meeting new friends who don’t share the same hobbies.

In December 2012, I met Sherlita, whom I know through twitter, in Cafe Pisa, Tebet. I followed her twitter because she had ever become a victim of police misconduct. She spoke out about her experience and even invited by a tv station to tell her story. Because I always be angry over injustice and mistreatement, I tried to ask her some question. Luckily, she didn’t mind to share it when we first met. She is smart, always has a lot of story, and a bit stubborn just like me 😀 .

Since that day we have met many times. The second meet up took place at Beer Garden, SCBD. At that meet-up, 2 friends of hers joined us. The last meet up with Sherlita was when we attended a “Peace March” in Bundaran Hotel Indonesia on July 2014. Here is the picture of our last meet up.

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A Letter To My Younger Self

Dear my younger self,

How are you, Wulan? Are you still juggling with your thesis?? Don’t be stress, I’m sure you can do it. Your thesis advisor, Mr.NJ, who’s also a prosecutor, is torturing you with many questions, isn’t he??? Well, since he’s a prosecutor and a smart man, he always does the same to his students. So, don’t worry, you are not the only victims.

Since you started writing your thesis, your sleeping habit change. You write your thesis from 9 pm to 4.30 am and you do it almost every day. Even you forget to do the thing that you like the most : sports!!! Why don’t you play indoor soccer or badminton ?? Waking up at night is not good for your health, dear, especially if you do it every day. You are completely crazy because of your thesis!!!

And do you know that 6 months after you finished writing thesis, you will suffer from allergic bronchitis? It will happen one week after you start working. You will feel like you can’t breath . You never feel like that before because you are always very healthy. Doctor will say that you suffer from “chronic fatigue”. And after that, you will realize that no matter how hard you feel in your life, you will never leave your hobby : sports. Three years after that you will realize how’s the role of sport to keep you sane and healthy even though you are on difficult situation.

Dear Wulan, I’m sure you watched Champions League final between AC Milan and Liverpool. You are sad because Milan lost in penalty shoot out but you realize that it’s just a game who was played in Istanbul. In football, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. And talking about Istanbul , have you ever thought that you will have interest in Turkish issues? You will start to be interested in Turkish issues since Gezi Park movement 8 years later. In addition, you will have a smart friend who likes to talk about politics. But beware, he is very sarcastic.

Speaking of yourself 10 years later, you will be fine. You will change a lot. You will not the one that you used to. You will feel free and healthier. You will still do the same things such as doing sports and watching football match. Other activities that you will do sometimes is taking picture of protest. Other people will avoid protest on the street, but you will be happy being surrounded by the protesters.

Ten years later will also fight to get scholarship to continue your master degree in England. Your life will full of fighting, dear because that’s life! And as a feminist, you will start to write and read about women’s football. You will understand that women in football suffer a great injustice. You will do some real action to “voice the unheard voices” because it’s you, yes you, who will always tremble indignation at every injustice.

Last but not least, congratulation on your thesis defense. That “killer prosecutor” didn’t torture you on your thesis defense, did he?

Much Love, Wulan