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Two killed when police disperse Timika`s communal conflict Two residents were reported killed while police dispersed two groups of battling residents in Djayanti-Mayon, Timika, Papua, on Tuesday evening (March 11). Papua Police Spokesman Snr Comnr Sulistyo Pudjo Hartono identified the two dead victims as Joen Wandegau and Ekpinus Togime, when contacted Tuesday night.

Posted in Violence @ 12 March 2014 06:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutor demands seven months jail for FPI members in riot The Semarang court prosecutor on Thursday demanded a seven-month jail term for two members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) for their alleged involvement in clashes with the locals in the Sukorejo sub-district last July.

Posted in Violence @ 24 October 2013 15:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lawmaker: 'Terrorism still real in Jakarta' A lawmaker from the Commission III of the House of Representatives (DPR) Eva Kusuma Sundari said Tuesday`s shooting of a police officer showed that terrorism is still a threat in Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 September 2013 14:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of police deployed to prevent Lampung clash Police deployed hundreds of officers to prevent clashes among village residents in District Wayserdang of Mesuji District, Lampung Province, on Friday evening. Mesuji Police officials here on Saturday noted they added security forces from Tulangbawang Resort Police to assist in maintaining order.

Posted in Violence @ 31 August 2013 19:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police question seven FPI members following clashes The police questioned seven members of the Islamic Defenders` Front (FPI) following clashes between members of the Islamic-based organization with local people in Kendal (Central Java Province) and Makassar (South Sulawesi), an official said.

Posted in Violence @ 24 July 2013 16:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three illegal mine workers in Maluku buried after landslide Three illegal gold mine workers are believed to have died after being buried in the pit following a landslide at the illegal mine at Gunung Botak in the sub-district of Wamsait, Buru island, Maluku Province.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 May 2013 23:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight Myanmarese detainees killed in clash in detention center Eight Myanmarese immigration detainees had been killed during a clash at an Indonesian immigration detention center in Belawan, North Sumatra, on Friday.

Posted in Violence @ 05 April 2013 20:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI deploys company of soldiers to secure Timika The Indonesian military (TNI) is deploying a company of soldiers to help the police protect Papua`s Timika city against possible subsequent clashes among traditional gold miners in the area.

Posted in Military @ 19 March 2013 08:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Corruption predicted to increase in 2013 An observer of the Advocate Division of Corruption Study Center of Gadjah Mada University (Pukat UGM), Oce Madril, has predicted that corruption would increase in 2013-2014, due to tense political rivalries.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 December 2012 04:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


14 killed in South Lampung clash Two days of clashes in South Lampung district, Lampung province, have claimed the lives of 14 people, police said. Four of them were killed on Sunday and the rest on Monday, head of the South Lampung Police Resort Adj. Snr. Comr. Tatar Nugroho said on Tuesday.

Posted in Violence @ 30 October 2012 22:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for prevention of horizontal conflicts President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has urged every party to actively prevent possible horizontal conflicts among communities, saying that prevention efforts are not solely the task of police and military personnel.

Posted in Violence @ 30 October 2012 13:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI sends soldiers to violence-hit Adonara island The Indonesian military (TNI) has sent a platoon of soldiers to Adonara island, East Nusa Tenggara province, to restore security after residents of two neighboring villages clashed over a land dispute, according to a military spokesman.

Posted in Military @ 04 October 2012 23:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rohingya case good opportunity for Suu Kyi Myanmar`s Rohingya Muslim minority issue should provide a golden opportunity for Aung San Suu Kyi to prove to the world as a Nobel peace prize recipient, said an Indonesian Muslim scholar Azyumardi Azra here, Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 03 August 2012 03:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police to tighten permits for football match Jakarta police plan to tighten the issuance of permits for football matches that the potential to create clashes among supporters following the death of three supporters following a match here on Sunday.

Posted in Violence @ 28 May 2012 09:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Clash began as demonstrators forced their way to palace The clash between demonstrators and security officers on Tuesday began when the protesters tried to force their way into the Presidential Palace, the police said.

Posted in Protests @ 28 March 2012 02:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thirty five demonstrators taken to police headquarters Police arrested 35 demonstrators and took them to the Jakarta Regional Police Headquarters after they clashed with security officers during a rally on Tuesday, in protest of the government`s plan to raise fuel oil prices.

Posted in Protests @ 28 March 2012 02:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans to revise law on mass organizations The government planned to revise Law No 8 of 1985 on mass organizations (Ormas) to make them in line with the latest developments following the reform era. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono disclosed the plan in a meeting with journalists at the State Palace in Jakarta Monday night.

Posted in Politics @ 15 February 2012 12:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: two dead in clashes with residents in Mesuji Police said two clashes happened between local residents and police in Mesuji district, Lampung province, during 2011. Lampung regional police command spokesperson Adjunct Senior Commissioner Sulistyaningsih said here on Thursday, during the clashes, two people were killed by police fire but harsh sanctions had been imposed on the officers who had opened fire in violation of standing procedures.

Posted in Violence @ 16 December 2011 03:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police arrest 27 after violent wage protests At least 27 people have been arrested after two consecutive days of violent protesters in the Indonesian province of Riau Islands, police said on Saturday. Around 20 people were injured.

Posted in Protests @ 26 November 2011 14:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian activists: 8 killed during clashes at gold mine Indonesian activists on Thursday claimed that at least eight people were killed during weekend clashes in the country's eastern Papua region, where officials previously confirmed one fatality.

Posted in Violence @ 17 November 2011 13:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead in Klungkung clash over temple ground More than forty are reported injured, seven are in police custody and one dead after clashes broke out on Saturday, September 17, 2001, between the villagers of Kemoning and Budaga in Klungkung regency, northeast Bali.

Posted in Violence @ 21 September 2011 02:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


National police deployed after clashes in Ambon kill 6 Indonesian National Police on Monday announced that it has deployed 400 personnel to the eastern island of Ambon, where riots broke out in its capital since Sunday.

Posted in Violence @ 12 September 2011 22:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Activists urge economic development for Papua Indonesia needs to boost economic development in Papua, human rights activists say, a day after thousands in the restive region rallied for independence.

Posted in Human rights @ 05 August 2011 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest two more terror suspects over shooting Indonesian police arrested two men believed to have been involved in a shooting last month of two police officers, the Jakarta Globe reported on Wednesday. National Police said the two men were suspected of supplying ammunition in the deadly attack at a police post in Poso, Central Sulawesi. The police are still searching for three other more suspects.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 June 2011 00:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police kill two terror suspects Indonesian police on Saturday killed two terrorism suspects believed to have been involved in a shooting last month of two police officers, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 June 2011 18:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two police officers killed in suspected terror attack Two police officers were killed on Wednesday in a suspected terror attack in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, authorities said. It was reported that Second Brigs. Gustiar Yudistira and Andi Ibrar were gunned down by unidentified assailants on motorcycles in the province's capital, Palu. A third officer, Second Brig. Dedi Edwar, is in the hospital after receiving a gunshot wound.

Posted in Crime @ 25 May 2011 23:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai PM: Cambodian troops must leave border to solve dispute Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday said the border conflict cannot be solved if Cambodian troops remain at the ancient Preah Vihear temple, MCOT Online reported. "I think the problem lies in Cambodia's refusal to withdraw its troops from the disputed area around Preah Vihear temple," Vejjajiva said.

Posted in Politics @ 08 May 2011 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thailand rejects Indonesian observers in disputed border area Thailand on Wednesday rejected allowing the entrance of Indonesian observers in the disputed area on the Thai-Cambodian border, the Bangkok Post reported.

Posted in Politics @ 23 March 2011 23:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 100 people clash over Facebook comments in Bali More than 100 Balinese villagers clashed on Saturday night over comments made on the social networking site Facebook, the Jakarta Globe reported. The fighting began around 10 p.m. on Saturday night after villagers of Buana Anyar made offending comments against villagers of Kebon Kori on Facebook.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 13 March 2011 21:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to observe Cambodia-Thailand border conflict Amidst the recent border conflicts between Thailand and Cambodia, both countries have accepted Indonesia to observe both sides of the border, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 23 February 2011 05:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six people killed in religious clash in Indonesia Six followers of a minority sect declared heretical by the government died after clashing with about 1,000 Muslims in Indonesia's West Java province of Banten on Sunday, state-run news agency Antara reported.

Posted in Religion @ 06 February 2011 16:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks Foreign Minister about Indonesians in Egypt President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday requested Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa about the situation of Indonesians in the conflicted Egypt, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Protests @ 03 February 2011 17:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono orders Indonesians in Egypt evacuated President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says Indonesia will evacuate its citizens from Egypt on military and commercial aircraft as soon as possible. "If we can leave for Egypt tonight, we will," Yudhoyono said last night, as reported by Antara news agency.

Posted in Protests @ 01 February 2011 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Land tensions flare for former refugees Tensions between sharecroppers and landowners in Indonesia's western half of Timor island over limited cultivable land have led to outbreaks of violence that threaten to escalate, say local officials.

Posted in Economy @ 10 December 2010 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tribal clashes erupt in eastern Indonesia due to offensive ringtone Three people were arrested on Thursday after an 'offensive ringtone' led to tribal violence in the eastern region of Indonesia that resulted in dozens of homes and motorcycles being set on fire.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2010 15:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesian police open fire against protesting crowds Indonesian police opened fire against protesters on Wednesday following the adoption of the controversial "shoot-on-sight" law, which allows police forces to use live ammunition to control riots and other anarchic situations, local media reported.

Posted in Violence @ 21 October 2010 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Conflict in Tarakan displaces 32,000 people About 32,000 have been displaced by days of ethnic conflict in the East Kalimantan city of Tarakan. The refugees are being sheltered at police and military facilities as well as school buildings across the city, a security officer said on Wednesday.

Posted in Violence @ 30 September 2010 10:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PT Pelindo v.s. Islamists: two dead and counting The evacuation of the grave of Habib Hasan bin Muhammad al Haddad alias Mbah Priok, in Koja, North Jakarta, has ended in a big brawl between members of the civil police Satpol PP and members of the radical Islamic FPI (Front Pembela Islam) and FBR (Forum Betawi Rembug). The grave has to be demolished in favour of a new seaport terminal, but the Islamists have other plans obviously.

Posted in Religion @ 14 April 2010 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police uncovers more terrorist activities in Indonesia The National Police chief Gen. Hendarso Danuri said Monday the police had found evidence of terrorist activities in other parts of the country, not just in Aceh, where clashes between suspected terrorists and police claimed the lives of three policemen recently.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 March 2010 00:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police investigates claim of Al Qaeda in Aceh Investigations are underway into whether a terrorist group police fatally clashed with in Aceh last week is connected to al-Qaeda, says the National Police. During an armed conflict with the group last week, three officers from the Mobile Brigade (Brimob), two civilians and two alleged terrorists were killed.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 March 2010 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine injured after day of clashes in Jakarta Several clashes erupted between protesters and the police during a rally decrying the Bank Century bailout outside the House of Representatives in Jakarta on Wednesday, leaving nine demonstrators injured. Most of the injured were caused by thrown objects like stones.

Posted in Protests @ 04 March 2010 02:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Injuries in clash between tribes continues in Papua At least nine people were injured when another clash erupted between two groups in Kwamki Lama district in the Papua regency of Mimika on Tuesday morning. Mimika Baru Police chief Adj. Comr. Langgia told that eight of the victims had been taken to a local hospital.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 05 January 2010 04:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protestant clergyman and wife killed with machetes Police found Rev Frans Koagow, 64, and his wife Femy Kumendong, 73, at their home, dead, killed with machetes. The couple lived in Manado, capital of North Sulawesi province, where a majority of Sulawesi Island Christians live. Most local Christians are Protestant.

Posted in Violence @ 28 April 2009 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian election campaigns kicks off Political parties started to campaign on Monday to get people support in direct legislative election on April 9 and presidential election on July 8. The political parties gathered here in the capital of Jakarta vowing to conduct a peaceful campaign, amid the concern that clashes among supporters of political parties may occur. The 21-day campaign will end on April 5.

Posted in Politics @ 16 March 2009 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of supporters clash with police Thousands of people gathered for the funerals of three Indonesians executed on Sunday for the 2002 Bali bombings, sparking clashes between police and emotional supporters. The three men from the group Jemaah Islamiah, Imam Samudra, 38, and brothers Mukhlas, 48, and Amrozi, 46, were executed by firing squad in central Java shortly after midnight, claiming to want to die as "martyrs" and having shown no remorse for the attacks.

Posted in General @ 09 November 2008 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four dead in tribal violence in Papua province Armed rival tribes fought close to a gold mine in Papua province on Thursday. This clash is the latest in a series of clashes that have killed four people according to police and an official from the U.S. company. At least 45 people were injured in the fighting in the remote region since Tuesday, told local police chief Godhelp Mansnembra.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 18 October 2007 06:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Militant inmate escapes from prison An Indonesian Islamic militant serving 20 years in prison for plotting a deadly cafe explosion in 2004 has escaped from jail in South Sulawesi province, an official of the prison said on Monday. Jasmin Bin Kasau used a rope to climb a wall of Guning Sari prison on last Friday night after a mass prayer, the official named only Rusdini said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 September 2007 14:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Explosive device found in Ambon The police on the island of Ambon in the restive Maluku province struggled to defuse a suspected home-made bomb found near a shopping center in the city. This incident came just two days after a home-made bomb injured 12 in the city's port. The device was placed on the ground, a resident reported this to the security guards which then contacted local police.

Posted in General @ 06 March 2007 01:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Border between Indonesia and East Timor closed Indonesia has closed it's border with East Timor temporarily to prevent fugitives from sneaking into Indonesia. This move comes ahead of a tense lead-up to presidential elections, as was said by the military on Monday. Australia, with 800 troops in East Timor, has warned that violence may increase ahead of the April poll. This was said after clashes with it's peace keepers and East Timorese refugees left two civilians dead.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2007 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Central Sulawesi situation may be exploding soon Australian and Indonesian intelligence reports signal that murderous sectarian violence is to return to the area of Poso, Central Sulawesi. Last week, information was released concerning islamic militants that have been blamed for a series of deadly bombings in Jakarta and Bali could be in the last stages of planning fresh attacks in Poso. Australia warned nationals to avoild travelling to Central Sulawesi. The United States and New Zealand have issued similar warnings.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 February 2007 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poso violence could help Indonesia militants regroup Renewed trouble in Indonesia's central Sulawesi island, long the site of deadly Christian-Muslim rivalry, underscores how communal tensions may help reinvigorate the country's militant Islamic movement.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 January 2007 09:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schools closed in Poso after clashes Some schools were closed in Indonesia's troubled Poso region on Tuesday a day after 12 people were killed in a clash between police and suspected Islamic militants, but there was no more violence, officials said. One policeman was among those killed in the clashes after a raid on a militant hideout.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 January 2007 08:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


10 killed in gunbattle in Poso Nine militants and one policeman were killed in a gunbattle when Indonesian police trying to capture wanted-militants allegedly played leading role in the communal clash years ago in Poso of Central Sulawesi province of Indonesia, provincial police chief Badrodin Haiti said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 22 January 2007 17:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Militant admits to beheading Christian girls ensions remained high in Indonesia’s volatile region of Poso Saturday, January 20, after a key Islamic militant admitted to taking part in the killing of three Christian high school girls there in 2005. He reportedly also confessed to shooting the Rev. Susianty Tinulele to death in Palu in 2004.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 21 January 2007 09:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sulawesi police say they killed senior JI militant Indonesian police shot dead what they called a senior member of the regional militant group Jemaah Islamiah on Thursday on Sulawesi island, the same day a mob killed a policeman at a funeral for another militant. National Police spokesman Anton Bachrul Alam said the militant, named as Riyan and also known as Abdul Hakim, died in a raid in Maengkol Poso in Central Sulawesi.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 11 January 2007 15:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


East Timorese people begin to regret secesion from Indonesia Many people in East Timor which gained independence from Indonesia through a United Nations-sponsored referendum in August 1999 have begun to regret the secession, Mrs. Domingos, an East Timorese woman visiting her relatives here said on Friday. "Independence from Indonesia is being enjoyed by only a certain group of people while the majority in remote areas have been living in deepening misery since the secession," Domingos said.

Posted in General @ 24 November 2006 16:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Suspected Muslim militant apologizes for beheadings of Christian girls A suspected Islamic militant told judges Wednesday he took part in the beheadings of three Christian girls on an Indonesian island wracked by sectarian violence to avenge the deaths of Muslims, but apologized to their families. "We are not cool-blooded killers," Hasanuddin told the Central Jakarta District Court. "We just wanted revenge."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 15 November 2006 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Beheaders in Indonesia face death penalty The trial has begun of three Muslim men accused of beheading three Christian schoolgirls in Indonesia's volatile regency of Poso in the province of Central Sulawesi. The three men, Hasanuddin, Lilik Purnomo, and Irwanto Irano, all face the death penalty under Indonesia's anti-terrorism law if convicted of beheading the three schoolgirls in October 2005.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 09 November 2006 02:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks to take immediate steps in Poso Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked security chief ministry to take immediate steps to prevent the security in Central Sulawesi province from deteriorating. The president demanded the contribution of all concerned parties in the province on the maintaining of peace.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 18 October 2006 04:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christian pastor shot dead in Sulawesi An unidentified gunman shot dead a Christian pastor on Monday in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, officials and church groups said, sparking fears of a return to sectarian fighting that once gripped the region. Reverend Irianto Kongkoli was shot in the head when he was buying construction materials at a shop in the provincial capital of Palu, 1,650 km (1,030 miles) northeast of Jakarta, the Central Sulawesi government said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 16 October 2006 14:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb explodes in Poso A home-made bomb went off near a church in Indonesia's restive own of Poso, Central Sulawesi province, just after midnight Saturday, causing no injury. "It was a low explosive caused by a home-made bomb," Central Sulawesi Police spokesman M. Kilat was quoted by the country's leading news website Detikcom as saying. "But the blast was the third in the last two months. We have increased the security profile."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 30 September 2006 15:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3 put to death for leading attacks on Muslims Three Christian militants were executed by firing squad early Friday for leading attacks on Muslims six years ago that left 70 people dead, sparking fresh sectarian clashes on restive Sulawesi island, police said. Mobs torched cars and police posts in several villages before security forces restored order, said Maj. Rudy Sufahriyadi, the Poso police chief. Elsewhere they blockaded roads and threw stones at houses and government offices. At least three people were hurt.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 22 September 2006 15:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sets date for execution of Christian militants Three Indonesian Christian militants convicted of leading a mob that killed Muslims will be executed on Thursday, the convicts' lawyer said, but there was no immediate word on the fate of their clemency appeals. Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus Silva were sentenced to death in 2001 after being found guilty of leading a Christian mob in an attack that killed more than 200 people at an Islamic boarding school during Muslim-Christian clashes in Central Sulawesi's Poso region.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 19 September 2006 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bomb recruiter shot dead ONE of Australia's most wanted terrorists, who recruited the suicide bombers to carry out the 2002 Bali bombings, has been killed in a shootout with Filipino soldiers. Umar Patek, a recruitment specialist for the Indonesian-based terror group Jemaah Islamiah, died in a stronghold of the Philippines militant group Abu Sayyaf. The group had been hiding Patek and his Bali bombing compatriot Dulmatin.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 September 2006 13:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia steps up security at Timor border Indonesian authorities have stepped up security at the border with East Timor to prevent a rebel East Timor military leader who escaped from jail from entering the country, a report said Sunday. Major Alfredo Reinado escaped with 56 other inmates from his Dili jail last week, triggering an ongoing manhunt by UN police and international peacekeepers.

Posted in General @ 03 September 2006 10:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to execute Christians despite clemency request Indonesia will execute three Christians, on death row for triggering sectarian violence among a mob in 2000, despite renewed pleas for clemency earlier this week, National Police chief General Sutanto said here on Wednesday. General Sutanto said the men's fresh bid for pardon would not be valid due to it being against the country's law, which does not allow two requests to be submitted within two years of each other.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 31 August 2006 06:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Christians on death row seek clemency Three Christian militants facing execution in Indonesia after being convicted of leading a mob that killed Muslims have made a fresh appeal to the president for clemency, a presidential spokesman said on Monday. The three had sent a letter to the office of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, presidential spokesman Andi Mallarangeng said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 28 August 2006 14:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pope calls on Indonesia for clemency Pope Benedict has called on Indonesia to stop the imminent execution of three Christian militants convicted of killing Muslims, as thousands of Indonesians held a prayer vigil opposing the death penalty. Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus Silva were to face a firing squad just after midnight at a secret location in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi province, a spokesman for the Indonesian attorney general has said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 12 August 2006 14:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia beefs up patrol near Timor-Leste border area Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Air Marshal Djoko Suyanto has told troops stationed near the Indonesia- Timor Leste border to intensify security patrol amid escalation of conflicts in the newly-established country. The security guards patrolling the border area only served Indonesian citizens leaving Timor Leste, and not foreigners, Antara news agency quoted Djoko Suyanto as saying here on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 26 May 2006 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3 militants arrested for beheading Christian schoolgirls Three militants suspected of beheading three Christian schoolgirls have been arrested in the Indonesian restive town of Poso and the video of their confession was shown here on Friday at the police headquarters. In the five-minute video, the suspects appeared separately to confess their crime or express remorse with the absence of their lawyers.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 12 May 2006 19:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


W. Irian Jaya political showdown brewing With only two days left before the direct gubernatorial elections in West Irian Jaya, the divide between supporters and opponents of the polls deepened on Thursday. The Papuan People's Assembly (MRP), representing Papuans opposed to the elections, met with political leaders in Jakarta and warned of civil unrest if the elections proceed as planned in the province, whose establishment they claim is illegal.

Posted in Politics @ 09 March 2006 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Militant linked to southeast Asia terror held An Islamic militant with suspected links to a Southeast Asian terrorist group has been detained in central Indonesia, police said Saturday. Brig. Gen. Bambang Suwedi said an Islamic teacher in the town of Poso in Central Sulawesi province was arrested Thursday morning.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 February 2006 10:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A religious conflict tamed Despite a flurry of warnings about possible violence over the holidays, residents in this capital of Central Sulawesi Province, thought the bomb blast that ripped through a nearby pork-selling market on New Year's Eve was an earthquake. They were convinced, like so many others in the region, that the communal tensions that erupted into deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians five years ago were a thing of the past. Even after finding out it was a bomb, they condemned it as simply the work of a small group of "terrorists."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 11 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sets up team to tackle Sulawesi violence Indonesia has set up a special counter-terrorism team to try to halt bloodshed in the country's east after a bomb attack on a Christian market which killed seven people, the chief security minister said on Wednesday. The bombing last Saturday hit a market in the city of Palu, capital of Central Sulawesi province.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 04 January 2006 20:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sulawesi police find traces of Palu bomb blast The bomb exploded at a market on last Saturday morning in Indonesia's province of Central Sulawesi that claimed seven fatalities was wrapped with the head of a mortar round and ball bearings, police said here Tuesday. National Police deputy spokesman Sr. Commissioner Anton Bahrul Alam told a press conference here that traces of potassium chlorate, aluminum and sulfur were also found at the bomb site, a market stall which sold pork in the provincial capital of Palu.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 03 January 2006 19:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radicalism extends roots, becoming institutionalized There is no danger that Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, will be turned into an Islamic state. One reason for this is that most Indonesians practice a moderate strain of Islam and are tolerant of different religions. Another reason is that the nation's founding fathers, who included charismatic Muslim leaders and ulema, never wanted Indonesia to be an Islamic state.

Posted in Religion @ 26 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Britain covered up murders of 5 journalists in 1975 invasion of East Timor The British government tacitly backed Indonesia's 1975 occupation of East Timor and sought to cover up the subsequent murder of two British journalists by the invaders, according to newly declassified documents and media reports. "Certainly ... it is in Britain's interest that Indonesia should absorb (East Timor) as soon and as unobtrusively as possible; and that if it comes to the crunch and there is a row in the United Nations we should keep our heads down and avoid siding against the Indonesian Government," said a dispatch from British Ambassador John A. Ford in Jakarta on the eve of Indonesia's invasion of East Timor on Dec. 5, 1975.

Posted in General @ 01 December 2005 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua residents told not to celebrate 'independence day' Papua Governor JP Solossa on Wednesday told residents not to celebrate the self-declared independence anniversary of Papua on Dec. 1. "All residents should go about their day as usual. Do not be provoked by groups that are planning to commemorate Papua's 'independence'," Solossa said. He was speaking after the West Papua Liberation Front announced plans to mark the 43rd anniversary of Papua's self-declared independence with a prayer service.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 December 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police identify men in schoolgirl beheadings Police have identified suspects behind the recent beheadings of three schoolgirls in a sectarian violence-plagued area of central Indonesia, local media reports said Friday. Authorities refused to release the suspects' names but said the investigation into the beheadings of the teenagers in Poso district, Central Sulawesi province, was moving forward.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 04 November 2005 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt boosts security after girls beheaded Police beefed up security patrols on Sunday in the Poso area, plagued by sectarian violence for years, after mysterious assailants in black beheaded three teenage Christian girls. Six machete-wielding men attacked the 16 to 19-year-old students as they were walking to their school on Saturday on Indonesia's eastern island of Sulawesi, police said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 30 October 2005 08:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Seven killed in latest violence in troubled Aceh Three civilians, three rebels and a soldier were killed in the latest violence in Indonesia's Aceh province, where a separatist campaign has been waging for 30 years, the military said on Sunday. A first sergeant was killed and five other soldiers were wounded in a series of clashes in Bireuen district on Saturday, military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Erie Sutiko said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 26 June 2005 14:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb blasts at Indonesia market kills 20 Two bomb blasts ripped through a crowded market in the eastern Indonesian town of Tentena on Saturday, killing 20 people in an attack likely to raise fears sectarian bloodshed could again break out in the region.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 28 May 2005 08:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Attack in Indonesia sparks fears An attack killing five paramilitary policemen last week in eastern Indonesia have raised fears that Muslim-Christian violence may resume in the Moluccas Islands. Since 1999-2002, violent clashes have killed 5,000 people.

Posted in Violence @ 23 May 2005 20:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism expected to contribute US$6 billion in foreign exchange Indonesia's tourist industry is expected to contribute about US$6 billion to the nation's income this year, up from only $4.8 billion targeted in 2004, an official said on Thursday. "If the security condition is stable over the next few months, it's not impossible that we'll reach the target," Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik said at the opening of the 2005 Archipelagic Tourism Extravaganza.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 May 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens hurt in clashes in Indonesia Hundreds of pro-independence demonstrators clashed with police in Indonesia's Papua province on Tuesday after two activists went on trial for flying a separatist flag, local media reported. The clashes erupted outside a court in the provincial capital, Jayapura, about 3,500 km northeast of Jakarta, after the two appeared in court on charges of subversion in connection to the incident last year.

Posted in Violence @ 11 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says will lift Aceh's emergency status A civilian emergency law imposed on Indonesia's Aceh last year to deal with a simmering rebellion will be lifted this month, the head of the tsunami-hit province's reconstruction agency said on Sunday. The move could signal Indonesia's willingness to intensify efforts to strike a peace deal with rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) when a fourth round of peace talks is held in Helsinki from May 26-31.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 08 May 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


19 injured in new sectarian violence in Ambon Nineteen people were injured in sectarian violence in the eastern Indonesian province of Maluku, police said Tuesday. The violence erupted late Monday, when a hand grenade hurled by two unidentified men on a motorcycle exploded in a Muslim neighborhood in the provincial capital, Ambon, injuring five residents, said local police chief Lt. Col. Leonidas Braksan.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 22 March 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Full extent of Indonesia disaster slowly revealed Survivors huddle in clearings without food or shelter all along the tsunami-ravaged coast of Indonesia's Aceh province, and corpses float miles out to sea. A week after giant waves swamped parts of the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, the water is only just beginning to drain away to reveal the full extent of the horrific destruction and yet more bodies to count.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 January 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia terror threat 'high' over Christmas The Foreign Office has warned of a "heightened risk" of terrorist attacks in Indonesia over the Christmas and New Year holiday. A spokesman warned Britons travelling to or living in the country that terrorists could strike at anytime and could target tourist resorts. Fears that westerners could be targeted by Islamist terrorists have grown since 202 people, including 26 Britons and 88 Australians, were killed in the Bali nightclub bombings in October 2002.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia secures churches as fears of terror attacks grow Muslim-dominated Indonesia on Monday ordered more security at potential flashpoints after renewed attacks on Christian churches sparked fears of a repeat of deadly Christmas Eve bombings four years ago. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told police chiefs to be on alert for possible terrorist attacks around the country after two attacks on churches in Central Sulawesi province late Sunday left three people seriously injured.

Posted in Violence @ 14 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deadly clashes in Aceh ahead of president's visit Indonesian troops have killed seven separatist rebels in the latest clashes in Aceh, ahead of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's first visit to the province. The military says soldiers have shot dead the Free Aceh Movement, or GAM, rebels in separate clashes. Mr Yudhoyono is to leave Jakarta on Friday for Aceh on his first visit to the province since taking office last month.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 26 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bloody weekend in troubled Aceh At least 19 people died in violence in Indonesia's troubled Aceh province on the weekend. The bloodshed continued ahead of a key review of the military's efforts to crush a long-running separatist struggle. An Aceh military spokesperson said one soldier and 10 rebels were killed in separate clashes on Sunday, while Indonesian troops killed eight suspected rebels in five encounters a day earlier.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 November 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bashir faces trial over Jakarta hotel bombing Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, the alleged spiritual leader of Southeast Asian terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, faces trial today for criminal involvement in terrorist activities, the presiding judge said. The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. Jakarta time in a special compound at the Agriculture Ministry in South Jakarta, to accommodate anticipated crowds, Judge Soedarto said in a telephone interview. Mahendradatta, Bashir's lawyer, didn't answer calls made to his cellular phone.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gunmen attack Palu church, kill minister Unidentified gunmen burst into a Christian church in central Indonesia and opened fire, killing the female minister and wounding four worshippers, police said Monday. The killing took place in Palu, central Sulawesi province, which has been hit by sporadic violence between Muslims and Christians since 2001. At least 1,000 people have been killed.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 19 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UK drops Indonesia travel warning The British government has dropped advice urging its nationals to avoid nonessential travel to Indonesia as part of a worldwide review aimed at making terror advisories "more credible." London issued its Indonesia travel warning in October 2002, after al-Qaida linked militants bombed two nightclubs on the resort island of Bali killing more than 200 people, mostly foreign tourists.

Posted in General @ 10 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bombing at Christian market in Ambon city kills one, wounds 13 A bomb killed one person and injured 13 people in the Christian sector of Indonesia's Ambon city and police defused another device planted near a church. The blast at Batumeja market at around 10:30 am -- the third in the city in three days -- sparked panic among residents and shoppers. A nurse at Bakti Rahayu hospital nine injured people were being treated, of whom three were in serious condition. A nurse at the Maluku Protestant Church Hospital said five people were admitted and one of them later died.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 25 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mine threats prompt Indonesia travel warning Hundreds of Indonesian police are being sent to guard one of the largest mines in Indonesia after threats were made against Westerners working there. Our Indonesia correspondent, Tim Palmer, says the Inco mine in Suluawasi is the focus of an updated travel warning on Indonesia issued by the Australian government.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ambon talks end in disaray A meeting of Christian and Muslim leaders and National Police chief Gen. Da'i Bachtiar ended in disarray here on Monday, after conflicting parties failed to reach an agreement to cease the renewed clashes in Ambon, Maluku. The breakdown in the talks is expected to worsen the sectarian conflict in the restive city, where at least 38 people have died in renewed clashes that erupted on April 25, triggered by a separatist rally.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 04 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt replaces Maluku police chief after bloody Muslim-Christian battles The police chief of Indonesia's Maluku province has been replaced following week-long Muslim-Christian battles in which 38 people were killed and hundreds of buildings were torched. Brigadier General Bambang Sutrisno has been shifted to a new assignment at police headquarters in Jakarta, national police spokesman Paiman announced on local radio. He did not link the transfer directly to the violence.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 04 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More paramilitaries sent to troubled Ambon, toll rises to 38 Another 100 paramilitary police have been sent to the troubled Indonesian city of Ambon as the death toll from a week of violence between Christian separatists and Muslims rose to 38. An 18-year-old man shot in the head by a sniper on Wednesday died from his wounds overnight at the Al Fatah hospital, a doctor there said. Authorities had on Saturday said that 37 people had died in a renewal of clashes which killed 5,000 over three years until a pact was signed in February 2002.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 02 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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