Police officer Sergeant Ahmad Rusdi is pitiable man. His professional duties have to be performed in Palu, Central Sulawesi.
And he is a bereaved man. A pair of $ 1-flip-flops was stolen from him. In November 2010.
The sandals were old and worn, but obviously of huge emotional worth. And apparently they belonged to a man of strict principles. One with a clear view on issues of mine and thine. No mercy!
The local department of the country’s able and diligent Police force acted in the most efficient way. Gallantly the Guardians of Justice cornered, punched and arrested the ferocious 15 years old villain. Next the criminal was taken to court.
These days, after over a year, final Justice will be done. The good-for-nothing may well be sentenced to five years in prison. Which will serve him right of course.
Either this previous account of the stolen Police sandals was approved of by the authorities themselves- or it was irony.
Fortunately part of the Indonesian public opinion takes a point of view that is different from the official one. Budhi Kurniawan, other human rights activists and thousands ordinary fellow citizens perfectly grasp the irony of police indignation over a trivial, petty theft on one side and the neglect of excessive Police violence, judicial corruption and the like on the other hand. An action – “1000 sandals for the national police commander”- has been launched to shower the men in uniform with sandals. Mountains of that footwear are being delivered at the police station.
It is what it should be: beating bitter irony by frisky irony.
I guess the best way to undermine their authoritarian haughtiness is to confront these men with power with playful teasing. Like this peaceful demonstration by which people show they don’t buy their bullshit any-more.
Three cheers to public opinion which is way ahead of the Police.