This video shows an Indonesian opposition politician attending a different rally against President Joko Widodo’s inauguration
A video of an Indonesian opposition politician standing in front of the Indonesian parliament building in Jakarta has been viewed thousands of times on Facebook alongside a claim that it shows him at a students’ demonstration on September 24, 2019. The claim is false; the video shows the politician at a different protest nearly two weeks before the students’ rally.
The two-minute and 17-second video was published here on Facebook on September 24, 2019, where it was viewed more than 6,900 times and shared more than 130 times before it was removed.
The post’s Indonesian-language caption translates to English as: “It turns out they are infiltrators of the students’ demonstration in front of the House of Representative building, and in this video they convey their true goal. Sri Bintang still wants to be a star
“They asked the people to reject Jokowi’s inauguration as president.
“Sri Bintang ‘We topple down the cheating president-elect.’”
“Sri Bintang” refers to opposition activist and politician Sri Bintang Pamungkas, who recently urged the public to oppose the president’s inauguration ceremony, as reported by CNN Indonesia in a September 6, 2019 headlined: “Sri Bintang Pamungkas Prepares Strategies to Overthrow Jokowi's Regime”.
Below is a screenshot of the misleading post:
“Jokowi” is President Joko Widodo’s nickname.
Thousands of Indonesian students protested at the parliament building against a proposed new criminal code on September 24, 2019, as reported by AFP here.
The claim is false; the video shows Sri Bintang at a rally in front of the parliament building in mid-September 2019, almost two weeks before the students’ protest.
A keyword search on Google found the same video published here on YouTube on September 11, 2019.
The two-minute, 17-second video is titled: “Reform activist Sri Bintang Pamungkas leads a peaceful rally in front of the Parliament Building | 212 | Caliphate.”
“212” refers to the supporters of the Islamist massive protest that was held on December 2, 2016, to unseat the Christian Chinese governor of Jakarta, Basuki T. Purnama.
Sri Bintang was among the 212 supporters who were arrested in December 2016 for alleged treason.
Below is a screenshot comparison between the video in the misleading post (L) and the YouTube video (R):
Sri Bintang is circled in red by AFP.
Sri Bintang said that he would join a rally organized by the Indonesian Revolution Front at the parliament building in Jakarta on September 11, 2019, according to this CNN Indonesia report.
The Indonesian Revolution Front is Sri Bintang’s political organization, according to this report published by Indonesian news magazine Gatra.