PRD prisoners on hunger strike

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PRD prisoners on hunger strike

People's Democratic Party (PRD) chairperson Budiman Sujatmiko and other PRD prisoners Anom Astika and Petrus Haryanto have been on hunger strike since April 6. The hunger strike coincides with nationally coordinated protest actions initiated by the PAD or PAD-related groups.

Reports from the prison on the evening of April 10 say that some of the hunger strikers are starting to fall ill. The governor of the prison has reportedly stated that they will not be given any medical assistance.

They issued a statement stating that they were carrying out the hunger strike to draw attention to the undemocratic aspects of the coming elections. They stated that genuinely free and fair elections would be possible only if the military were removed completely from politics and there was an end to so-called “money politics”, that is, the use of massive funds by the pro-government and other conservative parties for vote buying and other forms of electoral manipulation.