Unmasking A Corrosive Democracy: A View from the Pit

Author:Pranoto Iskandar
Position:The Institute for Migrant Rights
Pages:329-333
 
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e Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law
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unmasking CorrosivE dEmoCraCy
a vIeW from the PIt
Pranoto Iskandar
e Institute for Migrant Rights
E-mail: pranotoi@imr.or.id
Recently, a communal feast (slametan) boasted as “the Banquet of 1000
Cauldrons” (or Ngaliwet 1000 Kastrol) was held in Cianjur’s grandi-
ose main square to celebrate the dramatic arrest of its beguiling mayor
with his youthful image.1 On a supercial level, it appears to be a reg-
ular celebration; another expression of the peoples’ liberation from the
bondage of two consecutive corrupt administrations.2 As one can easily
discern from multiple news outlets, this arrest disrupted one of many
sprawling political dynasties-in-the-making that are currently on the
1. See e.g., Shora Hanan, Bupati Cianjur Ditangkap KPK, Rakyat Cian-
jur Gelar Berbag ai Syukuran, P R (Dec. 13, 2018), https://
www.pikiran-rakyat.com/jawa-barat/2018/12/13/bupati-cianjur-ditang-
kap-kpk-rakyat-cianjur-gelar-berbagai-syukuran; Syahdan Alamsyah, KPK
Tangkap Bupati Irvan, Warga Cianjur Pesta Liwet, D N (Dec. 14,
2018), https://news.detik.com/berita-jawa-barat/d-4343786/kpk-tangkap-bu-
pati-irvan-warga-cianjur-pesta-liwet; Bupati Ditangkap KPK, Warga Cianjur
Syukuran di Alun-alun, CNN I. (Dec. 14, 2018), https://www.cnnindo-
nesia.com/nasional/20181214173534-20-353738/bupati-ditangkap-kpk-war-
ga-cianjur-syukuran-di-alun-alun.
2. Asyari Usman, Euforia Rakyat Cianjur Boleh Jadi Miniatur Euforia Pilpres
2019, KANIGORO: News Online (Dec. 15, 2018), https://www.kanigoro.com/
artikel/euforia-rakyat-cianjur-boleh-jadi-miniatur-eforia-pilpres-2019/.

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