Post-Pandemic Authoritarianism Looms in Indonesia

Source: Foreign Policy
by Kate Walton

“Even before the coronavirus pandemic, Indonesia’s democracy appeared increasingly fragile. Jokowi’s government has increasingly targeted dissenters, from human rights defenders to protesting fishermen, and ignored local communities. The pandemic has exacerbated these trends, threatening Indonesians’ right to freedom of expression. Although the president insists his government is one of pluralism and tolerance, without increased transparency and accountability, Indonesian politics could creep further toward authoritarianism. … More than 18 months into the pandemic, the Indonesian government appears more sensitive to dissent than ever before, sometimes taking legal action as soon as a controversial statement is made.” (10/13/21)