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End corruption, say students

String of cases throughout the country is 'most serious problem we all face'

Demonstrators at the rally Demonstrators at the rally
  • Albertus V Rehi, Kupang
  • Indonesia
  • October 28, 2011
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About 200 students of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the Catholic University of Widya Mandira in Kupang, capital of East Nusa Tenggara province, held a peaceful rally this morning in front of the local legislative building, demanding an end to corruption cases in the region, particularly, and in Indonesia, generally.

“Through this rally, we want to re-enliven the spirit of the Youth Pledge declared in 1928. In the past, young people fought for freedom. And now we speak out against injustice being faced by this nation,” said Sergius Tri Dedy, the rally’s coordinator.

The Youth Pledge was declared on October 28 that year by young nationalists. They proclaimed three ideals, namely one motherland, one nation and one language.

The students asked law enforcement institutions, including the corruption eradication commission, to pay more serious attention to corruption cases which involved state officials.

They also expressed concerns over the life of people living in the province, which is not much different from the situation faced by the rest of the nation. “We are really concerned about this. When many people face food instability and famine, there are still some people who make use of the state’s money for their own interests,” he said.

Deputy head of the province’s legislative board, Anselmus Tallo, welcomed the protesters and acknowledged that he felt the same.

“The most serious problem faced by the Indonesian nation right now is the chronic corruption cases which have spread over the regions. These corruption cases have harmed the pillars of national life,” he maintained.

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