Achmad Azwar Darmawan was one of the people who were arrested during the M1 (May 1st) protest in Yogyakarta. He and three other people were arrested when they escaped to Bogor. They were accused of writing down the anti-monarchy graffiti during the protest, which upset a lot of people. Two people became suspects, while two others were set free. It should be emphasized that the escape was done based on individual and group (affinity) decision where each participant was expected to understand that the action was done based on a joint decision (read: without any leader).
The decision-process among M1 participants, especially among those who wore all-black, was very different from the decision-process among leftists or other authoritarian groups, which usually is controlled by a party or a certain central-command, which is very hierarchical. There was no orchestrator who initiated the protest. Azwar is a deluded leftist who risk his comrades for his own safety.
Azwar has been involved in community organizing during his several years in Yogyakarta, especially regarding the protest against the construction of New Yogyakarta International Airport (NYIA) and his involvement in Yogyakarta Street Library. It is fair to say that he has enough experience and understanding regarding his own decision and his own action. The bad news is, after several comrades got the access to his police investigation report, it was shown in the report that he was very cooperative with the police and the investigators that he mentioned names and even safehouse locations. The implication that can be concluded from the report is that he was willing to lie and accuse people whom he never coordinated with during M1. Up until now, we still don’t know his real motive behind his action. Some suspect that it was motivated by some personal sentiment, but it is only mere assumption. One thing for sure, Azwar had the choice to mention that he himself was the one who was behind his own initiative (to take part in the protest) instead of accusing other people whom he never communicated or got involved with. It is fair to say that Azwar cowardly refused to take the responsibility of his own decision and blame other comrades and reveal their names to the police.
In this statement, we will gladly leak some of the things that have been said by Azwar to the police regarding the M1 protest in Yogyakarata. Azwar has acted based on his own interests and abandoned the idea of solidarity by leaking some information regarding the network that has been built by our comrades, which will endanger them and their future work.
Azwar, a student at the University of Ahmad Dahlan, has shown his ”middle class” traits, his “activist wannabe” traits with all his emblems and ACAB slogan (WHICH STANDS FOR ALL COPS ARE BASTARDS). But when he got arrested by the police, he agreed to cooperate with them to silence some of our comrades and even got them chased by the police with his lies.
Left Unity = Gulag
(Below are direct quotations from Azwar’s police investigation report)
19. Do you know the what the Molotov cocktails that you made are for? Elaborate!
A: I don’t know. I only made them. I don’t know what for. I know about ***.
20. You said before that the one had the idea to make the Molotov cocktails was ***, who resides not far from UGM (**** Café) Yogyakarta. How did you know that the one who had the idea to make the Molotov cocktails was ***. Elaborate!
A: Yes, I knew that the one who had the idea to made the Molotov cocktails was ***. I knew it because I heard someone talked about it when I was making the Molotov cocktails.
22. Can you tell us how *** looks like?
****************************************************** (explaining in details–ed)
23. Tell us the chronology!
On Tuesday predawn, May 1st 2018, *** and I went to his place at ************* by scooters. Upon arriving, there were some people already. I knew one person from the crowd, *****, who resides in Sala***. Geri and I were then brought into the backroom. There were empty bottles in the backroom …….
**** then asked me to make Molotov cocktails…..
When I was making the Molotov cocktails, I heard that the one who had the initiative to make the Molotov cocktails was ****
On Tuesday, May 1st 2018, around 13:00, I woke up, had a shower, and around 14:00 I went to UIN Sunan Kalijaga by GoJek. When I arrived, the demonstration had already started. I tried to find R****, BUT I COULDN’T FIND HIM.
Not long after that, I saw some protesters wrecking the police post at the intersection. One of the protesters gave me a Molotov cocktail, which then I threw at the police post.
24. You said before that after you threw the second Molotov cocktail at the police post, you sent a text message on a WhatsApp Group named IWD (International Women’s Day) saying “IT’S ABOUT TO CHAOS”. What did you mean by that? Elaborate!
A: I was just messing around there on the group chat.
27. Do you the residence of *** and ***? Elaborate!
A: I don’t know the residence of *** and ***. I only know is the residence of *** at C*** ***.
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