Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The presidential candidate from the Coalition for Change for Unity (KPP) Anies Baswedan called on the public to shout greetings of independence with open arms, not clenching their fists. Anies conveyed this while attending the commemoration of the 78th Indonesian Independence Day with hundreds of residents at the Lebak Bulus Reservoir, South Jakarta, Thursday (17/8/2023).
According to him, the ‘greeting of independence’ with open arms was done by the first president of the Republic of Indonesia who was also the proclamator of independence, Sukarno.
“Allow me to invite everyone to shout the greetings of independence, greetings of nationality. But before that, let me say that the hands of the greetings are not clenched, the greetings are open arms, that was shown by the first President of the Republic of Indonesia on August 31, 1945,” said Anies.
To quote Indonesian CNNAnies then shouted the word ‘merdeka’ with open arms, which was followed by residents who took part in the ceremony.
“Alhamdulillah, we together gave the independence greeting, not with clenched fists, but with open hands. A greeting that was easily answered with a sense of togetherness,” said the former Governor of DKI Jakarta.
Photo: Anies Baswedan. (YouTube/CNN Indonesia)
Anies Baswedan. (YouTube/CNN Indonesia)
Anies also said that the meaning of August 17 is a celebration for all the people, not just a ceremony held by the state and become a spectacle.
“We feel that every time there is an August 17 event, it is a celebration of the people, not just a ceremony by the state that is watched by the people. But a celebration by all the people, and we in Lebak Bulus also celebrate this independence,” said the man who also served as Minister of Education and Culture. .
Anies’ statement was immediately responded to by the Secretary General of the PDI Perjuangan (PDIP) Hasto Kristiyanto. It’s understandable that the cry of ‘independence’ with clenched fists was synonymous with the party led by Megawati Soekarnoputri.
Hasto explained that the cry of independence while clenching his fists is a fighting spirit that symbolizes the meaning of the five Pancasilas being one. According to him, the fist symbolizes the power of mutual cooperation against capitalism and imperialism.
“So what is taken is the fighting spirit where the hands are clenched, the five Pancasila into one. The power of mutual cooperation, we are against capitalism and imperialism,” said Hasto at the PDIP School, Lenteng Agung, South Jakarta, Thursday (17/8).
With this explanation, Hasto indirectly refutes the philosophy of the cry of independence with open arms conveyed by Anies.
The PDIP politician then stated that the explanation he had conveyed regarding the greeting of independence with clenched fists could be forwarded to Anies.
“That means it can be conveyed to Pak Anies,” he said.
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