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Penggusuran kios pedagang di Stasiun Universitas Indonesia hari ini, Rabu, 29 Mei 2013, diwarnai ketegangan. Ratusan petugas penggusuran dari PT Kereta Api Indonesia ditahan oleh aksi protes pedagang dan mahasiswa UI.

Awalnya, penggusuran yang dilakukan mulai pukul 07.30 ini berjalan tanpa kendala. Ribuan petugas dan polisi langsung menguasai stasiun dan melakukan penggusuran kios di atas peron dan kios di bawah peron. (Pedagang di Stasiun UI Ditertibkan Hari Ini)

"Kami melakukan protes damai karena ini bukan penataan, tapi penggusuran, maknanya beda," kata Ketua BEM UI Ali Abdillah di lokasi, Rabu, 29 Mei 2013. Ali mengatakan, mereka akan bertahan di toko yang belum tergusur di sisi timur rel arah Jakarta.

Ketegangan berawal saat petugas hendak merobohkan kios di bawah stasiun sisi timur rel, yang masih dijadikan tempat bertahan oleh para mahasiswa. Tiba-tiba para petugas berteriak karena mendapat lemparan batu. Petugas pun membalas lemparan batu ke arah mahasiswa.

"Polisi harus tanggung jawab, bagaimana ini?" kata seorang mahasiswa yang mengadu kepada polisi saat kejadian itu.

Lempar- lemparan batu terjadi sekitar 10 menit. Beruntung, ratusan polisi yang mengamankan penggusuran langsung menguasai lokasi dan memisahkan mahasiswa dan petugas. Polisi akhirnya mengambil keputusan agar mahasiswa dan selain petugas keluar dari lokasi penggusuran.

"Rekan-rekan, selain petugas, semuanya keluar dari lokasi," kata Kepala Bagian Operasional Polresta Depok, Komisaris Suratno, di lokasi. Petugas pun langsung mensterilkan lokasi.

Mahasiswa kemudian mundur dari kios yang hendak digusur dan menyediakan diri untuk menuntut PT KAI secara hukum. "Kami akan tempuh jalur hukum," kata Ali Abdillah.

Seperti diketahui, PT Kereta Api Indonesia akan membersihkan stasiun tersebut dari pedagang guna menerapkan sistem tiket elektronik (e- ticketing) hari ini, Rabu, 29 Mei 2013. Apabila lahan stasiun steril dari pedagang, PT KAI akan membuat gate e-ticketing.

Sekitar 1.500 petugas gabungan PT KAI dan Polresta Depok ikut dalam penggusuran ini. Adapun kios yang akan digusur sekitar 80 kios, yaitu 50 di atas peron dan 30 kios berada di sisi kiri dan kanan rel setelah Stasiun UI. Sampai saat ini, penertiban masih berlangsung.

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Many bodies prepared for cremation last week in Kathmandu were of young men from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

KATHMANDU, Nepal — When the dense pillar of smoke from cremations by the Bagmati River was thinning late last week, the bodies were all coming from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas, and they were all of young men.

Hindu custom dictates that funeral pyres should be lighted by the oldest son of the deceased, but these men were too young to have sons, so they were burned by their brothers or fathers. Sukla Lal, a maize farmer, made a 14-hour journey by bus to retrieve the body of his 19-year-old son, who had been on his way to the Persian Gulf to work as a laborer.

“He wanted to live in the countryside, but he was compelled to leave by poverty,” Mr. Lal said, gazing ahead steadily as his son’s remains smoldered. “He told me, ‘You can live on your land, and I will come up with money, and we will have a happy family.’ ”

Weeks will pass before the authorities can give a complete accounting of who died in the April 25 earthquake, but it is already clear that Nepal cannot afford the losses. The countryside was largely stripped of its healthy young men even before the quake, as they migrated in great waves — 1,500 a day by some estimates — to work as laborers in India, Malaysia or one of the gulf nations, leaving many small communities populated only by elderly parents, women and children. Economists say that at some times of the year, one-quarter of Nepal’s population is working outside the country.

Nepal’s Young Men, Lost to Migration, Then a Quake

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