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Box 1 – Indonesian CSOs – Blooming activism

Friday, 28 December 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments
Wiji Thukul, by Surya Wirawan

… apabila usul ditolak tanpa ditimbang
suara dibungkam, kritik dilarang tanpa alasan
dituduh subversif dan mengganggu keamanan
maka hanya ada satu kata: lawan!

… at the time ideas are rejected undeliberately
voices are silenced, criticisms are suppressed without reasons,
accused as subversive and as a threat to the security,
then there is only one word: resist!

“Peringatan” (Warning), Wiji Thukul, 1986,
translated by Idaman Andarmosoko, 2006

Through his poems Wiji Thukul put moral fibre into the civil society movements in Indonesia in the heightened period of transition to democracy in 1996-1998. But he was among the casualties of the movement. He disappeared and was allegedly murdered in a military attack against a labour protest in late 1997. But his spirit never dies. His famous line ’hanya ada satu kata, lawan!’ (there is only one word, resist!) became his memorial and legacy to the reformasi generation, i.e. those who were part of the social movement aiming at political reform and democratisation in Indonesia (Curtis, 2000). The line is still often seen in pamphlets and posters of various demonstrations today. Thukul is certainly a hero, not only to the particular labour movement that he came from, but also to a broad spectrum of civil society movements in the country. Many other activists ended up like Thukul, missing and presumed murdered. But they represented what civil society in Indonesia wanted: democracy, political reform, freedom from oppression, and participation political and developmental decision making.

What do the dynamics of CSOs in Indonesia today look like?

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  1. Saturday, 29 December 2007 at 12:00 am

    CSO Indonesia? Sebagian besar bukanlah aktivis tapi pelaksana proyek. Jauh dari bisa berjuang layaknya Thukul.CSO dan aktivis Indonesia harus sesegera mungkin menemukan formula non proyek (yang pasti project oriented).

  2. Saturday, 29 December 2007 at 12:00 am

    Aku wis suwe ora mengikuti perkembangan CSOs di Indonesia…..

  3. Saturday, 29 December 2007 at 12:00 am

    riza6315 said: Sebagian besar bukanlah aktivis tapi pelaksana proyek

    saya sendiri tidak terlalu pesimis, mas. “kerumunan” bernama organisasi masyarakat sipil ini kan luas. tidak semua dari mereka ini cuma berorientasi proyek dan mengabaikan ‘raison d’etre’-nya. banyak juga yang kreatif dalam bertahan hidup tanpa mengorbankan idealisme mereka. dinamika masyarakat sipil kita, menurut saya, masih cukup “sehat” dalam perannya menjadi penyeimbang dinamika kekuasaan “state” dan “market”. meski, harus diakui yang terakhir ini (market) makin merajalela. karena itu saya merasa masyarakat sipil kita justru perlu diperkuat. tentu yang “menyeleweng” kesana-sini di sektor ‘masyarakat sipil’ ini memang selalu akan ada (idem ditto di sektor ‘negara’ maupun ‘pasar’), tetapi saya kira kita tidak perlu terlalu pesimis.kados pundi, mas? sugeng warsa enggal!

  4. Saturday, 29 December 2007 at 12:00 am

    rencanaku, beberapa “box” dari thesisku mau kupasang di blog ini mbak. biar kawan-kawan yang jauh dari tanah air masih bisa mengikuti beberapa perkembangan. piye?

  5. Saturday, 29 December 2007 at 12:00 am

    ynugroho said: rencanaku, beberapa “box” dari thesisku mau kupasang di blog ini mbak. biar kawan-kawan yang jauh dari tanah air masih bisa mengikuti beberapa perkembangan. piye?

    Ya bagus itu. Aku usul kalau mau ditaruh di blog, jangan terlalu panjang. Kalau perlu gunakan bahasa yang ringan (nek nganggo boso Indonesia lho ya). Soalnya gini lho, aku tiap kali dikirimi berita dari milis ataupun teman-teman, tapi kadang males baca karena terlalu panjang. Apalagi kalau bahasanya tinggi-tinggi, wis tambah ora mudeng maneh, tambah males moconé (lha wong pancen dasare males. hi…hi…hi…).

  6. Sunday, 30 December 2007 at 12:00 am

    i enjoy looking at your boxes….. really cool… interesting stories, too.

  7. Sunday, 30 December 2007 at 12:00 am

    … and thanks for the correction ..! i could have been clearer in the “box” as in the “main text” – i clarify this in the wordpress. again thanks. and have a good weekend! (manchester is freezing cold!)

  8. Sunday, 30 December 2007 at 12:00 am

    Dynamics of CSO? I have a clear idea. I don’t even know what is CSO. Tried to find in google, is it central statistics office of ireland? Caltech Submiliter Observatory? Chicago Symphony Orchestra? Hmm… totally lost..

  9. Sunday, 30 December 2007 at 12:00 am

    hahahahaaa … maaf tidak dijelaskan di depan. CSO = civil society organisation ..

  10. Sunday, 30 December 2007 at 12:00 am

    ok.. thanks! apakah ini english abbreviation yg cuma dipakai di Indonesia? hehehe… di google/wiki enggak ada, tapi tampaknya group ini pada mengerti.masyarakat indonesia bukanlah society yg bisa meng-organize dirinya sendiri. kita perlu membayar preman untuk mengatur diri kita, baik dari skala traffic di pertigaan, parkir, pasar, sampai sistem hukum. jadi ya sudah nasibnya. mungkin internet akan bisa mengubah ini, otherwise let’s wait for next 1000 years

  11. Monday, 31 December 2007 at 12:00 am

    merlyna said: i enjoy looking at your boxes….

    come, mer, make it mer-rier, throw your boxes also, or cubes, hexagons…

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