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Wiji Thukul Born

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August 25, 2018 — by IDWRITERS

Last updated on August 25, 2018 at 8:22 am

Wiji Thukul—a modern Indonesia’s foremost people’s poet—born on this day in Solo, Central Java, 1963. His most famous line—only one word remains: fight!—is a popular cry among activists and demonstrators. The power of his poems, which he read at workers and farmers rallies, attracted authorities’ attention. In 1996 he joined the People’s Democratic Party, Indonesia’s first opposition party in the authoritarian New Order regime. That cemented his status as a wanted man. His family and friends last heard from him in February 1998. Many suspect he was disappeared by New Order’s special forces. Thukul is now an icon for people’s power in Indonesia.

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