I left the school from a back entrance as numbers of students began to gather on the front steps. 15 minutes later I arrived at the gym I frequent, climbed onto the elliptical, looked up, and saw the violent scene I had just missed.
Granted, 20 billion IDR relocated to other government departments could do wonders for healthcare, infrastructure, or social welfare issues in the country. However, for the people of Makassar, who rely on transport in one form of another to span this sprawling city, this price increase is too high, too fast, and making any sort of rational argument for it is too far removed from their immediate reality.
Makassar is not the only city in protest, but it seems to be one of the most serious. Students here are organizing daily to make it known that they will not sit by as their government makes decisions which so greatly effect their daily lives.
I was lucky today. The violent scene at UNM escalated to the point where the deputy police chief, Adj. Sr. Comr. Totok Lisdianto, was shot with an arrow and the police then proceeded to storm the campus wrecking classrooms and attacking students who were studying.
The violence and unrest will not stop. Soon the price of fuel will rise. The city is on the brink of something big and students are letting politicians know they will not sit by -- they are organized and they will fight.