This is a statue of a famous Dutch writer "Multatuli" (1820-1887), Latin for "I suffered a lot", is the pseudonym of Eduard Douwes Dekker. He was born close to this place where his statue is placed. Following his experience as an administrater in the then Batavia (now Djakarta) in the Indies, he wrote his novel "Max Havelaar, or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trade Company". The book was intended as an indictment of the abuses in Batavia.
Another visiter who was also photographing here pointed me out at the big square of different cobblestones. This marks the place where a big tower had stood in the past until 1829, the so called Jan Roodenpoorts tower. That is the reason this is the widest bridge in the city.
On the internet I found a picture of the former tower.
One of the children from my post of yesterday had also noticed the statue and made a good resembling drawing of it.