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An Everyday Story of Life in Indonesia

Rafiq M.
Bogor, ID
Post #: 938
This is a report of an incident earlier this week posted on facebook. It was not reported in the Indonesian media because such attacks are commonplace now. Of course more ghastly things are happening in Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Somalia and elsewhere, but when we stop paying attention unless someone is killed then we ourselves are complicit.

Please do your best to raise awareness in what is happening in a country which the west hails as a "model of democracy in the Muslim World".


    Originally posted by Pacar Merah on Tuesday, 18 October 2011 at 10:59 Western Indonesia Time

    Hiwaso is a transgender collective based in Solo. The community often participates in health education activities and sports. They play volleyball regularly twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. They usually do this on the Cemani village green in Sukoharjo County. Once a year they hold the Hiwaso Cup championship. The local inhabitants are used to them and their activities.

    On 16 October 2011 they invited the local people and the officials from the surrounding area to join them for the Hiwaso Cup. About two hundred invitations were sent out and the event was attended by local residents, village officials, NGOs and the press together with seventy members of Hiwaso.

    The event was to be held from 9 am to 5 pm. It started with a fashion show and a dance performance followed by races.

    Everything went smoothly from the morning until the time came for the distribution of prizes when a group of men dressed in white with trousers above their ankles and wearing beards or cloth face masks, suddenly appeared and ran onto the field yelling, “Allahu akbar,” and started attacking the transgener community. The appearance and behaviour of the group was consistent with that of the FPI (Islam Defenders’ Front). Those attacked ran hither and thither. At least seven people were hit and some fell into the drainage ditches. They included, Nita, Cynthia, Selly, Goddess, Dita, Gita and Mamah Londo (the Head of Hiwaso). The attackers were only about ten in number. Mamah Londo recognised one of the attackers as a Qur’ān teacher where he lives. Mamah Londo is in trauma and feels constantly in a state of terror.

    This was the sequence of events.

    Conclusions of the meeting

    As the Co-ordinator of Bhinneka Solo (Diversity Solo), I heard about the incident immediately after it happened and decided to call an urgent meeting of friends in Solo to look for solutions.
    The incident took place in Sukoharjo County, so why hold the meeting in Solo and invite members only from Solo? The reason is that Hiwaso is actually based in Solo and we also did not have sufficient information about thie institutions and conditions in Sukoharjo.

    In the meeting held yesterday, 17 October 2011, in the offices of Mitra Alam (Nature Partners) and which was only attended by members of Mitra Alam, Talita Kum and the Hiwaso victims, it was decided to have another meeting and invite more participants.

    Therefore we ask for the support and help of our friends to suggest what steps should be taken. Our overwhelming hope is that we will come together in our stuggle in this issue.

    Salutations in Struggle

    Bhinneka Solo

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