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98 Activists Proposed as National Hero, President: Will Soon be Followed up

President Jokowi.

JAKARTA, NNC - President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said he would follow up the proposal of awarding a national hero title for the 98 Activists who died fighting for freedom of expression and democratic society.

"Granting the title of national hero or star service [medal] will soon be followed up," said President Jokowi when closing the National Meeting of the 98 Activists at JI-Expo Kemayoran Jakarta, Saturday (7/7/2018).

The Head of State said the review will be conducted soon and the results will be submitted to the 98 Activists.

According to Jokowi, events in 1998 were a marker that at that time had opened wide space for freedom of expression, opinion, the desire to form a more democratic society and freedom of the press.

"I think we should have a marker that the era is the beginning of an era of openness, the freedom in this country that we hope will in the long run give space to all to contribute to our nation and country," he said.

Also present on the occasion were the Head Office of Presidential Staff Moeldoko and Speaker of Regional Representatives Council (DPD) Oesman Sapta Odang.

According to the former Governor of Jakarta, the proposal of awarding the national hero title will be reviewed in accordance with the applicable rules. As for the proposed date of July 7th as Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity) Day, Jokowi also said that he would soon conduct a study and the results would be delivered soon.

On that occasion Jokowi invited all parties to build unity and integrity as an asset of the Indonesian nation.

"Let us keep unity, we may have different opinions, different political choices, different choices of regents, governors and presidents, but remember we are a great nation that must maintain unity," he said, reported Antara.

The National Congress of the 98 Activists produced a number of decisions, among others, continuing to fight for the resolution of cases of human rights violations and proposing the establishment of student activists who were victims of the tragedy of Semanggi, Trisakti and others as national heroes.

The National Congress of the 98 Activists also proposed to the government to set July 7 as the Bhinneka Tunggal Ika Day.