Demonstrating in Indonesia – Don’t forget your tooth brush

March 3, 2010

 It’s a big day in Jakarta. The parliamentary committee that has been investigating a bank bailout for months is due to present its findings, so that members of parliament can decide the fate of two of Indonesia’s top reformers, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati and Vice President Boediono regarding their decision to bailout small lender Bank Century. So you decide to protest at the gates of Parliament. You need to be prepared, you need to be equipped. You will face riot police, baton charges, razor wire, water canon and thrown bricks and bottles and tear gas. What will you decide to take? Packed into your bag will be a banner (with additional pole that acts as a lance), a helmet to protect your head from projectiles, of course political motivation…………and don’t forget your toothbrush.

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A student pretends to brush his teeth as police use water cannons to disperse protesters outside the parliament building in Jakarta  March 2, 2010, where the parliamentary inquiry committee’s recommendations over the Bank Century rescue is being held. A parliamentary probe failed on Tuesday to resolve bitter divisions over the fate of Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati and Vice President Boedino, two key pro-market lawmakers in Indonesia’s cabinet, signalling conflict over economic reform would continue.  REUTERS/Beawiharta

 What would you take to ensure that your voice was heard at a demonstration and that you catch the eye of soaked Reuters staff photographer Bea?


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Posted by Josh Maxwell | Report as abusive

Bea, always exellent, when he start action with his favorite 5D MkII, even he said he couldn’t runing in the front follow anti riot police disperse protesters and compete with the young photographers, this is bcos of his back sick earlier. But his eye always catch exelent and diferent day by day. As an editor may I say , I was confused selected for a good picture where there are no frame to be selected. But when editing Bea’s pix , feel confuse bcos there too many good frame he catched…..Congratulation Bea,,,Cheers enny

Posted by enny nuraheni | Report as abusive

Ha Ha! Thanks for that laugh, Russel!


Posted by lucas | Report as abusive

Good picture Pak Bea!

Posted by yuyus | Report as abusive

thanks for your interest, tell me what you think the common interest is between our sites are pls? Russell

Posted by Russell Boyce | Report as abusive

love the photo, to the demonstration i would take my smile.

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