Saturday, January 28, 2012
Indonesian Flip Flop Protest
According to the Bali Advertiser, Indonesians have a new symbol for their growing frustration at uneven justice in the country. Thongs, cheap , worn out flip flops are being dropped in their 1000s at local police stations to express dissatisfaction and outrage at the arrest and trial of a 15 year old boy for lifting a pair of white sandals from outside a house used by police in northern Indonesia. The boy lifted the discarded shoes from a bin on his way home from school. Later he was interrogated and badly beaten by three policemen with the threat of five years behind bars. Thousands have joined in the sandal protest on Facebook and Twitter. Andreas Harsono of Human Rights Watch and local artist, Ayu Laksmi have joined their voice in protest.