Kivlan Zen to Stage Protest in Election Organizers This Afternoon
itoday - Retired army general Kivlan Zen will hold a protest in front of the headquarters of the Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) and the General Election Commission (KPU) today afternoon, May 9. The rally is aimed to demand the election organizers disqualify presidential candidate number 01 Joko “Jokowi” Widodo - Ma’ruf Amin.
“We will fight whoever tackles us,” said Kivlan during a press conference in Tebet, Jakarta, Sunday, May 5. Attending the event were former Home Affairs Minister Gen. (ret) Syarwan Hamid, Gerindra Party politician Permadi, and National Mandate Party (PAN) politician Eggi Sudjana.
The former aide of Gerindra Party chief patron Prabowo Subianto did not further detail the reason for his disqualification demand against the incumbent candidate to the KPU and Bawaslu. He stressed that the two institutions should be honest, true, and fair.
The demonstration is initiated by an alliance Kivlan established dubbed 'Gabungan Elemen Rakyat untuk Keadilan dan Kebenaran' or Gerak. The protest will kick off at 13:00 Jakarta time.
“[The rally] is not under a party, not under the Prabowo - Sandiaga campaign team as well,” Kivlan Zen noted.
Prior to today's demonstration, Kivlan and the Prabowo - Sandiaga campaign team spokesman Lieus Sungkharisma were reported to the Police crime investigation unit for allegedly spreading hoax news and treason on May 7.
National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo confirmed the report. “Yes, we have received the reports last night,” said Dedi in his office, South Jakarta, Wednesday, May 8. The analysis into the two reports was still afoot.
Dedi mentioned that the report included evidence of a USB containing video statement of Kivlan Zen and Lieus. “The evidence is speeches of the two,” he added.
Meanwhile, spokesman of Metro Jaya Police Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said the police have received the demonstration notice and will dispatch 11,000 police personnel to secure the two locations.