Writers try to reclaim ‘people’ during 2019 MIWF (The Jakarta Post)

The word “people” is a popular one used by politicians and political parties in democratic countries such as Indonesia.
After all, the most common definition of a democracy is a government by the people, for the people and of the people.
Nevertheless, in almost every election, the word “people” has been used as nothing but a mere vote-getting instrument for elites who want to be in power. To address this issue, dozens of writers and hipsters alike will gather, dine and chat among themselves to take on “people” as a theme for the ninth edition of the annual Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF). Read more... (this article is premium)