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Three dead in violent clashes in Ambon AMBON - Riots broke out in Ambon on Sunday, claiming three lives and injuring 60 others following a rumor that an ojek (motor taxi) driver was tortured to death by another group of residents in the city.

Three people were killed as police fired shots to stop the riots. They were identified as Sahrun Ely, Djefry Siahaan, and Cliford Belegur. Several cars were also set on fire.
National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam said police had deployed 200 mobile brigade forces from Makassar to Ambon to help safeguard the area and claimed that situation was under control as of Sunday evening.

"The riots broke out because of a rumor saying that Darmin Saiman, an ojek driver from Waihaong sub district, died of torture in the Mount Nona area," Anton said as quoted by Antara news agency. "The fact was he died from a traffic accident as confirmed by an autopsy."

He explained Darmin was involved in a traffic accident in the Mt. Nona area of Nusaniwe district on Saturday evening and the Tahutey family brought him to the hospital, but he died on the way, triggering rumors of torture. Riots ensued after Darminís funeral, initially taking place in Mangga Dua area, but soon spreading to other areas in Ambon.
Anton said police, military officers, community figures, religious leaders, and the governor had coordinated to reinstate the condition of the capital of Maluku after the riot. Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto said Maluku Governor Karel Albert Ralalahalu had reported that everything was under control and that the riot did not spread to other areas as of 4.50 p.m.

"All regional leaders and community figures will hold a meeting again tonight to talk about this situation," he said.


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Posted in Violence @ 12 September 2011 03:32 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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