Contagion Across Campuses
News of the government's plan to disband Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia spread in no time from one campus to another and became the major topic of discussion among students. When Tempo arrived at Hizbut Tahrirs office at Padjadjaran University in West Java, 15 students had just ended a halaqah (small-group religious gathering).
"We just finished discussing HTIs disbandment by the government," said Riki Nasrullah, student committee chairman at the Jatinangor…
Things happened quickly, beyond the expectations of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) and his legal team. Right after the panel of judges at the North Jakarta Administrative Court found Basuki guilty, on Tuesday last week, the prosecutor asked to meet with Basuki outside the courtroom. 'Come one, let's chat out back," said one prosecutor.