Politics and Security


In memory of May 1998 Tragedy

 Tragedy 98 On May 13, 1998, Jakarta was hit by mass riots until May 15, 1998 riots were marked by the destruction and burning of buildings and motor vehicles. May 21, 1998 President Soeharto resigned from the company starting from the Trisakti campus on Jalan Daan Mogot and Jalan Kyai Tapa and Jalan S Parman until late afternoon. The following is a chronology of the May 1998 riots at around 11.30. The crowd had been silent and gathered in the area around the campus until they finally moved at 11.30. The masses were Trisakti students. Some of Trisakti's friends had died because they were shot dead as a result of a peaceful protest demanding reform before students marched to mourn their friends who died at around midnight when a garbage truck was set on fire near the flyover, the crowd pelted the officers with bottles and other objects because the officers blocked the road in front of the Ciputra Mall. The officers fired a series of warning shots and water gas. The crowd retreated but went berserk again by burning and destroying buildings and cars on Jalan Daan Mogot at around 1 pm hundreds of Atmajaya students held a condolence action for students who were victims of the Trisakti Tragedy which took place in Benhil and Semanggi in front of the Atmajaya campus, but the Police dispersed it with tear gas. by throwing stones by Atmajaya students at around 15:33 the helicopter flew low and asked the crowd not to gather and go home, but the crowds continued to gather and the officers grew in layers, clashes between the officers and the crowd could not be avoided at around 16 o'clock according to the medics from Trisakti University At least nine people were shot, three of them were rubber bullets, the rest were live bullets. After 18 o'clock, the crowd became increasingly unstoppable. Until late at night, the burning of the building, burning the car, until the light of the shop, the atmosphere became tenser because the street lights and buildings were all over Padang. Since the May 1998 riots, Suharto's government was unstable. The period continued to move towards the MPR-DPR building and finally, the building was controlled on May 18, 1998, and its climax was on May 21, 1998. President Soeharto declared his resignation and the reformation era began. Our country is in an economic crisis. which spread to a political crisis and ended in riots forcing President Suharto, who has been in power for 32 years, to step down from office. We invite you to look back at the events that were one of the milestones in the history of this Republic, 21 May 1998, exactly 18 years ago. It is a day that is difficult for most Indonesians to imagine when the great General Suharto, who has been in power for 32 years, had to end his reign even though a few days earlier President Suharto was still confident that he could overcome the situation. a political movement that challenged his leadership but not this time the monetary crisis in 1997-1998 succeeded in making the Indonesian economy shaky the value of the rupiah against the dollar continued to weaken, the national banking system, the price of necessities soared and foreign debt swelled, the anger of the people was unstoppable. quickly spread to a political and security crisis. Demonstrations led by student elements of President Soeharto to step down were raging almost all over the country, nodding many buildings and shops, people's trust in Suharto's leadership was getting sharper, even though before the 1997 general election, Suharto, who had intended to resign from the presidential palace, was successfully convinced by the general chairman of Golkar. who is also a political student of Suharto Harmoko to continue this leadership againIs it true that all of you have unanimously agreed to nominate Pak Harto as 1998-2003, no one at first firmly supported Suharto, in the end he was also the one who was the first to suggest this political teacher to get a position 18 years ago, the figure of the great general Suharto is still the talk of some people miss And consider Suharto as a person who has contributed to development so that he deserves the title of hero, while others think that Suharto is a disgrace to the history of the Republic, which is steeped in corruption and human rights violations.

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