April 2, 2023

Malang, Indonesia – After the Surabaya District Court docket sentenced a police officer To 18 months in jail – and acquitted two others – for his or her roles in final yr’s crush on the Kanjuruhan stadium, residents within the Indonesian metropolis of Malang say they really feel annoyed and disrespected.

Many determined to avoid this week’s court docket proceedings, saying they have been too traumatized by what that they had skilled and too disenchanted with what they referred to as an absence of accountability from authorities.

two matches officers have been additionally jailed final week over the October 2022 crush, which was triggered by police firing dozens of rounds of tear gasoline on the finish of a match between native golf equipment. Followers rushed for the exits, solely to seek out most of the gates locked. Some 135 individuals died in what was one of many worst stadium disasters historical past.

Virtually six months later, the neighborhood continues to be in mourning.

Al Jazeera met a few of the survivors in addition to kin of those that died that night time in Malang to ask them how the tragedy has formed their lives.

Wiyanto, Father of 21-year-old sufferer Septian Ragil Syahputra Wiyanto

Wiyanto, his daughter and Septian's friends pray together by his grave, which is near their family home.  They are squatting down.  Wiyanto is on the left of the grave with his daughter.  The friends are opposite them.  There are gnarled trees around the cemetery.
Wiyanto, his daughter and Septian’s buddies pray collectively by his grave, which is close to their household house. [Jessica Washington/Al Jazeera]

We have been so shut. We hung out collectively daily. Praying, hanging out after work, smoking cigarettes collectively and speaking about all the pieces.

I nonetheless miss him a lot. It is so troublesome, I am unable to eliminate this trauma. I simply can’t. I am unable to put this behind me. I’m at all times enthusiastic about him. My household is traumatised.

The household of her fiancé can also be in shock. Three days earlier than the tragedy, I went to their home with him, as it’s the Javanese customized to suggest like this, to ask the household. His fiancé usually cries, even now.

For 40 days after he died, I could not go to work. I simply could not. My workplace did not enable it, so I misplaced my job. Greater than 5 months later, there is no such thing as a actual punishment. What I wished was for the individuals linked to the taking pictures of the tear gasoline to get the punishment they deserved. It is concerning the lives of 135 individuals. Even simply an accident or assault can get larger punishments.

I’m simply so drained. There isn’t a justice for the victims of the Kanjuruhan tragedy. The households of the victims have to go away it in God’s palms.

Andik Harianto, Survivor whose spouse and two daughters died

Andik Harianto standing outside holding his two year old son Rian.
Andik is now a single dad or mum to Rian, who is 2 years and three months outdated. He has began elevating fish in his again yard to promote, so he can work at home and look after Rian [Jessica Washington/Al Jazeera]

It is a very messy scenario. However what can we do now? I’m doing all the pieces now for our son Rian (2 years and three months outdated) – altering diapers and cleansing him. Some individuals have requested me to go and discuss to the mayor or discuss to the governor. However there is no such thing as a end result.

Our family members are already gone. If we wish to maintain making an attempt to sue individuals, it’ll simply deliver extra ache for us.

The decision just isn’t honest. If I hit somebody on the highway and he breaks his bones, I’d get extra time in jail than the individuals on this case. And on this case, many individuals died.

My essential fear is about my son. I fear he’s much less clever than he ought to be. When his mom was alive, he might depend to 10. Now he’s confused. He discovered rather a lot from his mum and sisters, who have been very sensible youngsters. I do not know how one can train him. He simply needs to be near me.

Nanda Rizky Kurnia Sandi, Survivor

Nanda Rizky Kurnia Sandi outside the stadium.  He is wearing a black puffa jacket.  He is beside a banner paying tribute to the fans who died at the stadium.
Nanda Rizky Kurnia Sandi stated he thinks concerning the October stadium tragedy each night time, together with the faces of those that died within the stadium [Jessica Washington/Al Jazeera]

I’m nonetheless traumatised. I nonetheless get the chills. I nonetheless clearly keep in mind the sound of tear gasoline being fired. And the sound of individuals crying for assist. And the our bodies being laid down. Their faces – I keep in mind them clearly.

I have never watched soccer in a stadium since Kanjuruhan. My buddies requested me to go watch soccer in different cities. However I do not wish to.

I’ve been following the case intently as a result of it’s about 135 lives. And now, it is like nothing occurred in any respect.

The soccer golf equipment are enjoying once more. The dealing with of this case has gone on quietly. So quiet. The punishment just isn’t sufficient. We nonetheless need justice. Why did the committee promote extra tickets than the capability of the stadium? And the police, why would they use teargas? It was so incorrect.

In Could, Indonesia will host the lads’s under-20 FIFA event. How will safety forces take care of foreigners? And the way will the Indonesian spectators behave? I fear the identical factor might occur.

Galih Wahyu Prakoso, Survivor, Member of Arema Apache Fan Membership

Galih Wahyu Prakoso with his friends Farel Izha Mahendra (left) and Cheva Octatista (right), who are members of a local football fan club.  They are wearing black jackets and standing outside the stadium where their friends were among 135 people who died.  There are tributes to the dead behind them.
Galih Wahyu Prakoso together with his buddies Farel Izha Mahendra (left) and Cheva Octatista (proper), who’re members of a neighborhood soccer fan membership. Three of their buddies died on October 1, together with 23-year-old Roni Setiawan, 18-year-old Muhammad Bintang Pratama Setang and 20-year-old Mayang Agustin. [JHessica Washington/Al Jazeera]

I generally have flashbacks of the incident once I’m about to sleep.

I used to be harm that night time, I sprained my knee falling down the steps. My eyes burned for 2 weeks and my knee was injured for nearly a month.

Probably the most terrible factor was once I noticed a small youngster being trampled. I am unable to bear to think about it now. And to see my buddies, useless within the hospital.

For me, the end result just isn’t justice. Even a lot lighter violations can lead to eight or 9 years in jail.

I maintain the organizers accountable and the police. Lower than two years in jail is nothing. Why did they shoot teargas? The followers have been solely exhibiting their emotions. The end result means they do not respect the victims. We now have misplaced our buddies, how come the punishment is so mild?

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