Peristiwa 411: Kematangan Demokrasi Indonesia

From detak.co, written by Ali Syarief

The November 4 (411) protest was one remarkable history of Indonesian democracy. It taught Indonesians many lessons, but the highlight is how the government has been maturing itself in responding a protest.

It was a surprise, and definitely a smart move, of the Police to use much more cooperative and humanist approach to deal with the protesters by beginning their security routines with praying and dhikr.

The way the security officials handle the protesters must be highly appreciated. Their effort to resist repressive actions, during the day, especially was a breakthrough. It was something new in our democracy. This was the key of the success of the government in 411 rally.

Despite some clashes between the protesters and the police, the overall protest has been very peaceful. What happened on November 4 was maybe beyond what the government may expect.

The violence level was relatively low with small number of casualties. One of the protesters dead because his previous asthma history, and not related to any attack or accidental shooting.

What happened in Penjaringan area was a criminal activity done by rascals, not protesters, but again the government has shown its readiness to handle such unexpected situation not to spread in other areas. In fact, it was actually not related to the protests. It was done by some irresponsible people who take advantage of the protest. Yet, the government could promptly took needed action to bring back situation to normal in relatively short time.

All in all, the government has done a marvellous job in dealing with this protest. What was feared was not occurring and all situation could be handled very well and wisely. We hope that this will be a new era of Indonesian democracy, which is more mature and humanist. Bravo!

 

Jangan sekali-kali melupakan sejarah adalah salah satu pesan yang ditinggalkan oleh Bung Karno untuk kita semua dan kerap dijadikan kutipan favorit bagi banyak sekali orang yang menolak lupa pada sejarah. Bukan lantas tidak mau move on. Oh, we keep moving on kok. That’s life, believe it. Tetapi hendaklah sejarah kita jadikan sebagai sebuah studi, sarana pembelajaran, agar tidak mengulangi kesalahan-kesalahan di masa lalu yang sifatnya sangatlah fatal. Because history repeat itself, and those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it—Anonymous & George Santayana.

Setelah pecahnya kerusuhan Mei 1998, pada 4 November 2016 lalu Indonesia baru saja membuat sejarah baru. Sejarah yang mungkin sudah ditunggu-tunggu sejak tumbangnya Era Orde Baru, yaitu bagaimana Indonesia yang sudah merdeka selama 71 tahun ini mampu mengatasi problema-problemanya dengan tenang dan matang, tanpa harus lagi menghadapi percikan-percikan chaos berupa kerusuhan panjang yang bisa kapan saja pecah dan menimbulkan pertumpahan darah. Yang toh pada akhirnya jika hal itu terjadi akan sangat kita sesali.

Aksi damai untuk menuntut Gubernur DKI Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama pada 4 November 2016 lalu secara keseluruhan bisa dikatakan berjalan sangat kondusif dan lancar. Jumlah massa yang banyak berdatangan dari penjuru kota di luar Jakarta menyuarakan aspirasinya dengan santun hingga pukul 18.00 WIB seperti yang sudah dijadwalkan.

Di sisi pendemo yang menepati janjinya untuk tidak melakukan kerusuhan, aparat pemerintah pun berhasil menjalankan fungsinya dengan sangat baik. Kerusuhan justru pecah diakibatkan oleh oknum-oknum yang tidak bertanggung jawab setelah aksi demonstrasi usai. Meski pada akhirnya pun berhasil diredam dengan baik oleh aparat kita. Nah, pihak-pihak provokatif inilah yang harus diwaspadai karena bermaksud mencoreng kebhinekaan Indonesia. Karena hendaknya, kematangan demokrasi Indonesia yang ditunjukkan oleh umat beragama Islam dan aparat pemerintah pada 4 November 2016 lalu dapat kita rayakan dengan senyum lebar dan jadikan contoh di masa-masa mendatang. Akhirnya, Indonesia kita sudah tumbuh dewasa. Bravo!

 

Jakarta, 7 November 2016
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