Tempo English Weekly

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Restraining Radicals

THE government’s intention to legally dissolve Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) in court should not prompt protracted arguments on its pros and cons. In any democratic nation, silencing different lines of thinking should certainly be avoided. Nonetheless, when such thoughts take the form of an attempt to replace the foundations of the state, strategic measures must be taken.

Actually, even dissolution in itself would be ineffective. The mass base of…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Shocking Verdict

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.