Indonesia’s Fuel Protests #Trending as Twitter Meme
As the government’s planned fuel price hikes inspired protests across Indonesia on Tuesday, the nation’s Twitter users turned chants of “Turunkan Harga BBM” (Cut Fuel Prices) and “Turunkan SBY” (Bring Down [President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono]) into a Twitter meme.
#Turunkan, Indonesian for “cut” or “lower,” trended on Indonesia’s Twitter on Tuesday. As did #naikkan, meaning “raise” or “add,” as users tweeted tongue-in-cheek plays on the fuel protest’s popular chants.
“Cut school fees, add school holidays!” on tweet read.
“Cut my weight, add my height,” another prayed.
The list went on: “Raise the Internet speed, cut the connection fees”, “Increase my
exam scores”, “Add my intelligence”, “Improve the livelihood of the
#Naikkan briefly trended worldwide on Tuesday.