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April 16, 2018
I am Jakarta
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I am Jakarta.
I am no utopia.
I am the reality.
I am 30 million ihabitants.
I speak tons of languages and dialects.
I am the Trisakti shooting.
I am the riot of 1998.
I am one big riot.
You try to riot me.
Try me.
I try to make deals.
I organize your freedom and your peace.
I am Monas.
I am the glam of Plaza Indonesia.
I am the dirt of Kampung Aquarium.
I rule Jabodetabek.
I rule you.
I fought against the Dutch.
I killed the Chinese.
I built the MRT.
And I declared that only a Muslim can lead me.
I am the nerve system,
binding together all streets.
I am a Bajaj.
I am Gojek.
I am a Lamborghini you can’t touch me.
I am the son of someone rich,
and I drive my Lamborghini through Senopati.
I am the breastfeeding mum,
washing plastic cups in the wastewater.
I am Benyamin.
I am Ayu Ting Ting.
I am Ismail Marzuki.
I am pure diversity.
I am the sexual tolerance.
I am a hardliner.
I am a dream come true.
I am all of your belongings.
I will do everything for you. 

About the author

21-years-old Marten was born and raised in Austria, where he works as a playwright and actor. Since 2017 he lives in Jakarta, where he explores his intercultural roots.

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