However, issues weren’t at all times harmonious there, with these of Chinese ethnicity the goal of violence, together with throughout the May 1998 riots which noticed the dying of an estimated 1,000 individuals and stays a taboo matter within the nation.
“I personally experienced three conflicts in Solo, prior to the era of Mr Jokowi as a mayor and Mr (F X Hadi Rudyatmo) as vice-mayor. Historians always say that Solo is a political barometer, and it has a short fuse,” mentioned Mr Sumartono Hadinoto, vice-chair of the Surakarta Community Association.
Solo is the birthplace of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, higher referred to as Jokowi, who began his political profession there as a mayor from 2005 to 2012. His son Gibran Rakabuming Raka is the present mayor of town, and is the vice presidential candidate of frontrunner Mr Prabowo.
Indonesians hope that such unity lasts, irrespective of who turns into the subsequent president.
“My wish is for all religious communities in Solo and even throughout Indonesia, to live in harmony, be at peace with each other, be good friends with each other, and celebrate each other’s festivities” mentioned one Solo resident Miftahul.