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Behind Jakarta Protest, Tangled Web of Money and Material Support

It's a trope of Indonesian news to refer to protesters as the nasi bungkus, or boxed lunch crowd, a reference to the fact that many rallies rely on paid supporters, with catered meals, for better optics. This actually wasn’t the case at the recent huge rally against Jakarta's ethnic Christian-Chinese governor. For that, most seemed to have attended voluntarily. But a closer look at the boxed lunches – and water, trash cans, snacks, and volunteers – that padded that event reveals a...

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