Questioning Gene Sharp, Justifying Violence

On 24 September 2019, I joined the Reformasi Dikorupsi movement, the largest protest Indonesia has ever witnessed since 1998. I arrived pretty early, at around 11 AM, in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) building in the Gatot Subroto area, Central Jakarta. Thousands of other protesters, mostly students from different universities in Indonesia, came before me. Other civilian elements, such as labor unions, high school students, taxi and bus drivers, and fellow activists, were also there. Several reports claimed that the number of protestors reached tens of thousands (BBC…