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President Jokowi not offended by the yellow card: Johan

Sabtu 03 Feb 2018 00:07 WIB

Rep: Dessy Suciati Saputri / Red: Reiny Dwinanda

A student activist (sit, right) gives President Joko Widodo (center) a yellow card at the 68th anniversary of University of Indonesia, Depok, West Java, on Friday (Feb 2).

A student activist (sit, right) gives President Joko Widodo (center) a yellow card at the 68th anniversary of University of Indonesia, Depok, West Java, on Friday (Feb 2).

Foto: Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso
Just like a referee, a student activist gives Jokowi a yellow card.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Presidential spokesman Johan Budi said President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) did not feel offended by the yellow card given by a student activist during 68 anniversary of University of Indonesia. He explained the yellow card is only a chorus book.

"During the event, a student holds up a yellow book, a chorus book," Johan said when confirmed in Jakarta on Friday. 

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President Joko Widodo (center) talks with University of Indonesia's professors on the sidelines of the 68th anniversary, Depok, West Java, Friday (Feb 2).

 

Johan said the president has been scheduled to meet with the chairman of UI's Student Executive Board (BEM) during his visit to UI. Jokowi supposedly met the student activist after the ceremony. "BEM UI said they wanted to convey their message to the president," Johan said.

The meeting was cancelled following the yellow card incident, Johan remarked. According to him, Jokowi took the protest with normal reaction. "He did not feel offended."

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President Joko Widodo (center) inaugurates University of Indonesia's Nationality Forum on the sidelines of the 68th anniversary, Depok, West Java, Friday (Feb 2).

Chairman of Student Executive Board (BEM) of University of Indonesia, Zaadit Taqwa held up a yellow card against the president in the university anniversary event. Shortly after the president delivered his speech, Zaadit stood from his seat and held up a yellow card. He was immediately secured and herded out by the Presidential Security Force (Paspampres). 

According to Zaadit, the act was to indicate that the president has been cautioned. He wanted Jokowi to evaluate his policies 

 

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