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    Friday, July 4, 2014

    Jokowi: Volunteers Blocking TV Station Office Must not Be Blamed

    Tobapos -- The volunteers who blockaded the TVOne station must not be blamed because the media had been provocative, stated presidential candidate Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

    "But, the media has caused provocation. It is the media's fault for being provocative. Therefore, don't trigger provocation. Do not ever blame the volunteers," Jokowi remarked during the press conference held here on Thursday.

    Jokowi added that he did not have complete control over the activities of the volunteers and sympathizers, although he claimed that he has always reminded them to be patient during every campaign activity. He referred to his supporters as volunteers and sympathizers.

    "Although, everywhere I have gone, I have said that bad deeds should be responded with kindness, but it is impossible to handle everything. It could be that this time it was too much and they reacted," he stressed.

    Jokowi claimed that he had been open to the media about his family, and there was no need for any further clarification.

    "Haven't we been patient enough? We have remained silent since the beginning, but the latest one is a major insult because it is not only addressed to me but also my family. There are thousands of volunteers, and it is impossible to ask them all to be patient," he emphasized.

    Hundreds of supporters of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) sealed the Yogyakarta office of the private TV station, TVOne, on Wednesday night, for allegedly broadcasting a report that cornered the party.

    Besides sealing the TVOne office, the protesters also painted graffiti expressing their pique and anger, saying that the PDIP cadres were not communists.

    PDIP supporters again went to TVOne office in Pulo Gadung, East Jakarta, on Thursday morning, for holding a similar protest. PDIP is the main political party of the coalition that has nominated Jokowi and Jusuf Kalla (JK) as the presidential and vice presidential candidates in the upcoming presidential election.

    Indonesia will organize a presidential election on July 9, 2014, which will be contested by two pairs: Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa and Jokowi-JK.

    Prabowo Subianto is a retired military general and the founder of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), while his running mate, Hatta Rajasa, is a former coordinating minister for economic affairs and the chairman of the National Mandate Party (PAN).

    Jokowi is Jakarta's governor and a cadre of PDIP, while his running mate, JK, is a former vice president and a senior politician of the Golkar Party. (ant/adm)

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