Prejudice at the Polling Booth
When 121 million Indonesians went to the polls to vote in the country's first direct presidential elections in 2004, Wahyu Adi Nugroho was not among them. It was not apathy that kept him away. It was 15 kilograms of steel and rubber. Nugroho, 35, is from Pundong in Bantul, Yogyakarta. He used to use a wheelchair, and he could not vote because his local…
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A MUSIC video released by singer Ahmad Dhani, dressed in an SS uniform of World War II Nazi forces, to gain support for presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, was what led supporters of the rival candidate, Joko Widodo, to come up with a campaign gimmick of their own. Understandably, Ahmad Dhani's video got a thumbs-down around the world, which had its repercussion in the presidential campaign at home. On top of that, Dhani used music from rock band Queen's song We Will Rock You without the permission of the copyright holders.