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FPI opposes Ahok as Jakarta governor Some one thousand FPI Muslim activists staged a protest rally on the premises of the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD), rejecting a plan to appoint Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) as the Jakarta governor succeeding Joko Widodo.

Posted in Protests @ 24 September 2014 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flooding spreads to other areas in Indonesia In the past two weeks, floods and landslides have hit parts of Indonesia, particularly Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi, and Kalimantan Islands, and continue to spread further, thereby claiming more lives as torrential rains continue to lash.

Posted in Weather @ 22 January 2014 21:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


3,500 police officers to be deployed at flood-hit areas The Police Headquarters will deploy 3,500 police officers at several areas in Indonesian that have been hit by floods, landslides, and volcano eruption. "The 3,500 policemen are from the Police Headquarters and Mobile Brigade," Commissioner General Badrodin Haiti, the head of the Police Headquarters Security and Maintenance Departement, stated here on Wednesday.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 January 2014 17:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-terrorist squad involved in hunt for police killers Following the killing of two policemen, a manhunt is being carried out by the anti-terrorist squad Densus 88 from the National Police headquarters and a special team from the Jakarta Metropolitan Police.

Posted in Crime @ 17 August 2013 20:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to be on the alert for terrorist acts The National Police has ordered its rank and file to remain on the alert for shooting attacks in various regions, Police Spokesman Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 August 2013 22:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'One Indonesian confirmed shot dead in Malaysia' Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said that only one Indonesian citizen was confirmed shot dead by the Malaysian police in a shootout, contrary to reports that all four victims of the shooting were Indonesians.

Posted in Crime @ 13 September 2012 22:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Indonesian policemen burnt to death in North Sumatra Two Indonesian police officers were burnt to death on the island of Sumatra after locals attacked forces trying to arrest a suspected illegal gambling operator, officials said on Monday.

Posted in Violence @ 28 February 2012 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Former narcotics cop gets 12 years for dealing drugs Policeman First Brigadier Sutrawan, a former member of the anti-narcotics squad of the Tabanan police precinct, has been handed a 12-year prison sentence and a fine of Rp. 150 million (US$17,050) by a panel of judges in a verdict delivered before the Tabanan District Court on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 June 2011 05:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven more arrested in relation to parcel bomb attacks Indonesia's National Police on Thursday arrested seven people suspected of being members of the Pepi Fernando-led terror network in Aceh, alleged responsible for the series of parcel bomb attacks.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 April 2011 18:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Twelve arrested over book bomb attacks Indonesian police on Monday said twelve terrorist suspects linked to the book bomb package are being held under custody.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 April 2011 15:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


19 arrested over recent book bomb and Church attacks Police have arrested 19 people in connection to recent book bomb attacks in Indonesia, including Thursday's bomb attempt near a Catholic Church in the outskirts of the capital of Jakarta, officials said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 April 2011 15:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police: parcel bombs from outside Jakarta Indonesian police on Tuesday said the series of parcel bombs that have targeted different areas of the country's capital, Jakarta, might have been sent from outside the city.

Posted in Crime @ 29 March 2011 16:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead, one injured in explosion in East Java, Indonesia An explosion on Friday left one person dead and several injured in a market in East Java, Indonesia, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 March 2011 16:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police finds another parcel bomb in South Kalimantan Indonesian police on Wednesday found and disposed another suspected parcel bomb in South Kalimantan province, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Crime @ 23 March 2011 20:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislator: parcel bomb issue should not be used against Islam An Indonesian legislator on Monday stated that the recent parcel bomb incidents should not be used to discredit Islam, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Politics @ 22 March 2011 01:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No explosives found in suspicious package on Bali Police on Monday informed that no explosives were found in the suspicious package that sparked an alert in the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 March 2011 18:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Another bomb hidden in a book located in Indonesia Indonesian police on Thursday announced that a fourth explosive device hidden in a hollowed out book was sent to a residence in south Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 17 March 2011 16:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pres. Yudhoyono orders probe on parcel bomb incidents Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Wednesday ordered the national police to conduct a thorough probe on Tuesday's parcel bomb incident, Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Crime @ 16 March 2011 21:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pakistani plane forced to land in Indonesia A Pakistani plane on Monday was forced to land in Indonesia for flying without proper permission, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in General @ 07 March 2011 21:10 CET by Blog Bot · 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


The wrong kind of home industry: mixing alcohol The police in Surabaya has raided a house of which the owner though it would be a good idea to make some real Indonesian products by himself. Unfortunately he choose to process alcoholic drinks in his own house, which is not allowed unless you have a permit for it. But it didn't end there, so the police did not raid the house for nothing.

Posted in Crime @ 16 January 2010 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No shortage of stupid cops Not the first time and most likely also not the last time that I was 'aught in a 'trap' when on the road. This means that all motorcyclists are stopped by police to check their paperwork. Drivers of motorcycles should always bring a valid STNK ('license plate registration') and SIM C ('driving license for motorcycles') with them.

Posted in General @ 27 October 2009 12:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim hardliner sentenced to 18 months in jail An Indonesian court Thursday sentenced a Muslim hardliner to 18 months in prison for his role in a violent attack against an interfaith rally in June that left dozens of people injured. The Central Jakarta district court found Habib Rizieq Shihab, chairman of Islamic Defenders' Front (FPI), guilty of committing an act of inciting hatred and instigating violence.

Posted in General @ 01 November 2008 04:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebel leader returns from exile to Indonesia Tengku Muhammad Hassan di Tiro, top leader of the former separatist organization Free Aceh Movement (GAM), arrived in Aceh Saturday from his exile, police said. He was greeted by enthusiastic people in Aceh as he and entourage passed by in the streets, said Tengku Adnan Brangsa, an aide of Tiro and the spokesman of the local party the Partai Aceh.

Posted in General @ 11 October 2008 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schoolgirl arrested by civil police after kissing in public A female high school student was arrested by civil police (Satpol PP) in the city of Kediri when she was kissing her partner. She was arrested during school hours as well, so she should be in class anyway. The girl was arrested in the natural tourist object of Goa Selomangleng, earlier to day. Outside learning about nature, the couple decided to explore each other as well, still in school uniforms.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 June 2008 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali police taking bribe gets unwanted international attention As reported on Balidiscovery.com, a Balinese policeman recently was the object of unwanted international attention when he was caught receiving a bribe from two Canadian tourists in Bali who surreptitiously recorded the encounter on video.

Posted in General @ 16 December 2007 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia transfers inmates in death row to prison island Authorities have transferred 20 inmates in death row and those serving life sentences from a prison in Tangerang (a suburb of west Jakarta) to the maximum security prison on Nusa Kembangan off the coast of Central Java. Blindfolded the prisoners were escorted to special buses with a red or green rubbon tied on their arms - red for people on death row and green for those life-imprisoned.

Posted in Crime @ 24 June 2007 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tribal war breaks out in Nabire A tribal battle between the tribes of Me and Moni in the district of Nabire, which started yesterday morning, continued during Saturday despite the presence of a number of policemen from Nabire trying to stop the conflict. The two tribes shot arrows at each other while dozens of injured scattered the forest, as was reported by a news reporter via mobile phone.

Posted in Violence @ 21 April 2007 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strike at US-owned mine Freeport in Papua continues Thousands of workers from a mine in the easternmost province of Papua continued to strike for a third day yesterday, disrupting work at one of the biggest copper mines in the world. The workers moved their rally to a site outside the local headquarters of PT. Freeport Indonesia in Timika while protest leaders resumes talks with the company's officials in an attempt to reach a deal.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 20 April 2007 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What if I was a terrorist Just over one week ago it all happened. At walking distance one person was killed, some were arrested and after that the party was over as quick as it started. It wasn't a criminal shootout and n drugs were found as well. It was nothing more than busting some terrorism-suspects by an anti-terror squad from the Indonesian police (Densus 88); they were simply overwhelmed in their hide-out. The one that tried to flea, was directly given some bullets and didn't survive the event. Seven others were arrested. In fact that could be the entire story, but it was just not to happen that way. It proved to be the start of what currently looks like a terror cell uncovered. Within two weeks after the first shooting several more police actions were held. Police is scarce with giving information, but in recent days is became clear that most likely a part of the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah has been found.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Djarum ad campaign wakes up police Indonesian police sleeping on the job? Those in Indonesia can talk about it, but just don't tell everyone about it. Police are threatening to file a lawsuit against cigarette producer PT. Djarum for a nationwide campaign - billboards, tv, newspapers and magazines - that fools with police officers sleeping on the job. "The force is a state institution that deserves respect," said police spokesman Maj. Gen. Sisno Adiwinoto.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 15 March 2007 06:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gets help from Australia after crash Australia offered more medical aid to Indonesia after a Garuda Indonesia plane crashed. The Australian Embassy in Jakarta contacted the office of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to offer more medical help, as was said by Prime Minister John Howard. "The Indonesians have indicated that they will be very ready to take that up if it is needed," Howard told on television on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 March 2007 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rain hampers Flores landslide rescue efforts Rains and the given fact of the remoteness of the areas earlier hit by landslides hamper relief efforts for the about 40 missing. Hundreds of people are displaced after landslides hit the island of Flores last week. Around 1,000 people have been evacuated from the area because their houses were washed away. Main roads also got damaged in the landslides, which further complicates the process. At least 34 people are confirmed dead.

Posted in Weather @ 05 March 2007 11:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest two wanted Muslim militants Policemen arrested on Thursday two men wanted as top members of a local Islamic militant group that has terrorized the country's Central Sulawesi province and had links to an Asian terror network, police said. Officers wounded one of them who had fired at the security forces, said a senior police official in Central Sulawesi's Poso regency, where raids on hideouts of suspected militants have intensified recently.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 February 2007 02:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia continues hunting militants in Poso Indonesia decided to continue pursuing fugitive Muslim militants in troubled Poso of Central Sulawesi, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Thursday. "The president said the operation to enforce law and to pursue the wanted militants was continuously conducted," Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Widodo Adi Sucipto told a press conference after a security meeting led by president Susilo at the State Palace.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 26 January 2007 11:14 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


Four explosions shock Poso Four explosions shocked Poso on Friday night, causing fear to local people, Elshinta radio station reported on Saturday. The radio station quoted a senior police officer in Poso that the explosions were meant to terrorize local people.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 14 January 2007 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks people to watch out for natural disaster President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here Sunday asked people from all walks of life to be aware of various kinds of natural calamities as disasters not only in Indonesia but also in other states. "I hope all people will continue to be aware (of natural disasters)," the head of state said at the beautiful Indonesia-in-miniature park (TMII) where he observed a security preparation for East Jakarta area during the New Year`s eve.

Posted in General @ 01 January 2007 02:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia urges GAM to disband The Indonesian government Friday reiterated calls for former separatist group the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) to disband itself as the peace agreement between the two sides has been running smoothly. GAM had struggled for independence in Aceh for 30 years before it signed the landmark peace accord with the government last August.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 09:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Train plunges into river, killing 8 in Indonesia A train carriage derailed and plunged into a river in Indonesia's Bengkulu province Monday morning, killing at least eight passengers and injuring 26 others. The ill-fated carriage was the last of the six carriages of the economy-class Salero train, which just departed and traveled only six km from a station in Lubuk Linggau regency, about 600 km northwest of Jakarta, reported the national Antara news agency. The evacuation process involving policemen and soldiers is underway.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 November 2006 14:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police foil attempted closure of church The suppression of religious freedom in this predominantly Muslim nation continues in West Java, where dozens of churches and places of worship have been forcibly closed by Muslim extremists over the past year. A mob of around 50 people attempted Saturday to demolish a house they claimed was being used illegally by Christians as a place of worship in the hamlet of Cibintinu, Arjasari village, some 20 kilometers south of Bandung.

Posted in Religion @ 25 September 2006 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia navy arrests tsunami aid pirates in Aceh The Indonesian navy has arrested three former separatist rebels for pirating ships carrying aid for tsunami survivors in the country's far-west Aceh province, a senior commanding officer said on Wednesday. The three men, from two different groups, were caught in the north Aceh city of Lhokseumawe on July 18, two days after their latest operation, Rear Admiral Moekhlas Sidik, chief of the Indonesian Navy's Western Fleet, told reporters.

Posted in General @ 26 July 2006 14:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police issue shoot-on-sight for for East Java rioters East Java Police chief Brig. Gen. Herman Suryadi has issued a shoot-on-sight order for rioters following the massive wave of vandalism by disgruntled supporters of a candidate in the Tuban regental elections. Tuban Police intensified their hunt for the masterminds of the violence, Herman said, with a curfew imposed for an indefinite period of time in the area.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2006 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police chief asks 'Playboy' to leave town It took one week for a violent protest to erupt in Indonesia against a new local edition of Playboy magazine -- and one more day for police to say it should pack up its bunny ears and move out of the capital.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2006 18:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Police to question FPI over attack on 'Playboy' office Police plan to question Monday a member of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) over Wednesday's attack on the building housing the editorial office of Playboy Indonesia in South Jakarta. A spokesman for the South Jakarta Police, Comr. Suyudi Arioseto, said the police would summon the rally coordinator to begin their investigation underway. He refused to name the coordinator.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2006 14:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Playboy's offices in attacked by FPI-members Hundreds of Muslim protesters have attacked the offices of the newly-published Indonesian edition of Playboy magazine. On Wednesday, about 300 activists from the Islamic Defenders' Front (FPI) rallied outside the building to demand that the local version of the magazine, which carries no nude photos, cease publication. They tore up copies of the magazine and threw stones at the building, shattering windows.

Posted in Violence @ 12 April 2006 13:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Axes, arrows and AK-47s used in clash in Papua Four people died today in an exchange of fire between soldiers and suspected separatists in Indonesia’s remote resource-rich province of Papua, a military spokesman said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 10 April 2006 20:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Taliban-style Islamic police terrorizing Aceh Dewi Haryanti was in a hurry. The 25-year-old was exchanging her hotel waitress uniform for street clothes for the trip to her second job at a boutique she owns with her sisters in the capital of Indonesia's tsunami-torn Aceh province.

Posted in Religion @ 12 March 2006 14:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Muslim militant gets life over deadly Maluku attacks An Indonesian court on Monday sentenced a Muslim militant to life in prison for involvement in two terrorist attacks in violence-ravaged Maluku province. Ismail Fahmi Yamsehu was found guilty of violating the country's anti-terror law during a trial at the District Court in the Maluku provincial capital of Ambon.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 February 2006 15:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia court gives death to terrorism suspect An Indonesian court sentenced a man to death on Monday for killing eight people in attacks in the Moluccas islands that sparked fears of sectarian bloodshed in the region, local media reported. The court in the islands' main city of Ambon said that Assep Djaja and his accomplices had carried out what it said were terrorist attacks in two villages in the islands last year and in 2004.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 February 2006 19:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Govt withdraws last Aceh police personnel Indonesia finally withdrew its last police reinforcements from Aceh province yesterday under a landmark peace deal after problems finding ships to return them to their home bases. The withdrawal marked the final stage in a pullout of tens of thousands of Indonesian soldiers and police reinforcements from Aceh under the peace agreement between rebels and government forces.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 06 January 2006 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Xanana Gusmao to attend X'mas in Jakarta cathedral Timor Lorosae President Xanana Gusmao will attend a Christmas mass at Jakarta`s Cathedral here Saturday evening. "President Xanana has already sent a letter to the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry indicating his intention to attend Christmas mass at the Cathedral at 10 p.m. local time," said Janhars Yukti the chairman of the Cathedral`s Christmas Celebration Committee here Friday.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2005 09:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia police tell churches to dig bomb holes Police have ordered churches in the Indonesian city of Solo to dig holes to throw away suspicious objects that might be bombs, a newspaper said on Friday, amid fears of Christmas-related attacks. Police across the world's most populous Muslim country have been stepping up security measures ahead of the year-end holidays to avoid a repeat of 2000 Christmas Eve bombings of churches in several Indonesian cities which killed 19 people.

Posted in General @ 16 December 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims to guard churches during Christmas Volunteers from Indonesia's largest Islamic organisation will guard churches across the world's most populous Muslim nation on Christmas amid fears of terrorist attacks. Jakarta police have said they will boost security in the capital ahead of Christmas to avoid a repeat of 2000 Christmas Eve bombings on churches in several Indonesian cities, including the country's capital.

Posted in General @ 10 December 2005 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


 20 arrested in raid on sect in Palu Penetrating rugged hills in Palu, police on Wednesday arrested 20 suspected members of a shadowy religious sect who were assumed responsible for the killing of three police officers on Tuesday.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 27 October 2005 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four dead in police clash with sect in Sulawesi A clash between police and machete-wielding members of a shadowy Islamic sect on Indonesia's eastern Sulawesi island has killed four people, three of them officers, a senior policeman said on Wednesday. The fighting a day earlier on the rugged hills just outside the Central Sulawesi provincial capital of Palu broke out when police sought to apprehend the leader of a tiny sect which has been branded deviant by local Muslim clerics.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 26 October 2005 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge police deployment for Idul Fitri holiday Indonesia will deploy more than 30,000 extra police this week as the world's most populous Muslim nation gears up for celebrations marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadhan, police said Sunday. "About 33,400 policemen across Indonesia will be deployed," police spokesman Bambang Suncoko told AFP.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 October 2005 11:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian army set for second Aceh troop pullout Indonesia's military will begin withdrawing 6,000 more soldiers from Aceh this week under the second phase of a landmark peace pact ending one of Asia's longest conflicts, a spokesman said on Monday. Aceh military spokesman Erie Soetiko said 650 troops would leave the province on Tuesday, the same day the armed forces expect former rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) to complete the second phase of its weapons handover.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 October 2005 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police seek five over Bali attacks Indonesian police are searching for five men from the far western Javanese province of Banten over suspected involvement in Saturday's deadly bombings on the holiday island of Bali. Banten Police Chief Senior Commissioner Badrodin Haiti told Indonesia's official Antara news service the five were members of a ring led by Imam Samudra, who has been sentenced to death for his role in the 2002 Bali bombings.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 October 2005 08:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airplane crash kills 141 in Indonesia An Indonesian jetliner crashed in a crowded residential neighborhood in the city of Medan shortly after takeoff Monday, killing 141 people, including 30 on the ground. Six passengers survived, officials said. The Mandala Airlines Boeing 737 was heading to Jakarta in overcast weather when it crashed seconds after takeoff, bursting into flames and sending thick clouds of black smoke high into the air.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2005 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volunteers say Tentena explosions kill 27 Local volunteers said that 27 were killed in the twin bomb explosions Saturday morning in a busy market in Central Sulawesi town of Tentena, according to reports on the website of Indonesia's English daily Jakarta Post. The number was based on the body counts at the Tentena General Hospital.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 28 May 2005 09:28 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


Java's roads packed with holiday travelers Driyanto, a 42-year-old man from Jakarta, left the capital at 4 a.m. on Friday for Banyumas municipality in Central Java. He arrived in Cirebon, West Java, 12 hours later. The trip normally takes about four hours. "I arrived here at around 4 p.m., meaning it took 12 hours from Jakarta," Driyanto told The Jakarta Post while taking a travel break in Cirebon.

Posted in Ramadan @ 16 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7 missing in bad weather while delivering election material in Mentawai islands Seven people have gone missing in bad weather while transporting presidential election material by boat to an Indonesian island, the navy said Wednesday. There has been no information since Saturday about the boat which was taking three poll officials, four policemen and the material from Tuapejat town on Sipora island to Siberut island, said Sergeant Major Darmansyah of the navy base in Padang on Sumatra island.

Posted in Elections @ 07 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine policemen charged with beating students in Makassar The South Sulawesi Police charged nine policemen on Monday with beating students during an assault on the Indonesian Muslim University (UMI) over the weekend. One of those charged was officer First Insp. Erwanto, the head of the psychology unit of the Panakukang police precinct. The eight others were low-ranking police officers, mostly from the Makassar Timur Police station. If convicted the nine policeman could be sentenced to ten years imprisonment, chief of the provincial police Insp. Gen. Jusuf Manggabarani said on Monday.

Posted in Violence @ 03 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


13 hurt as explosions rock Ambon At least 13 people were injured as gun-fire and explosions rocked the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon early today after week-long Muslim-Christian clashes that have left 37 people dead. Thirteen people were taken to Al Fatah hospital with burns and injuries caused by home-made bomb explosions just before dawn after fighting in three areas — Tanah Lapang Kecil, Jalan Baru and Trikora, a hospital official said.

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


More injured as shots, explosions heard in Ambon At least 13 people have been injured as gunfire and explosions rocked the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon after week-long Muslim-Christian clashes that have left 37 people dead. Thirteen people were taken to Al Fatah hospital with burns and injuries caused by home-made bomb explosions just before dawn after fighting in three areas -- Tanah Lapang Kecil, Jalan Baru and Trikora, a hospital official said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 30 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Embattled Christians in Maluku fear return of Jihad fighters Christians in Indonesia's Maluku province and Christian campaigners abroad have reacted with alarm to reports that a disbanded Islamist militia may re-form and deploy to the troubled region amid a new outbreak of violence there. Indonesia's cabinet was meeting Thursday to discuss the violence. At least 36 people have been killed in the city of Ambon since Sunday, in the most serious deterioration there since thousands died between 1999 and 2002.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 30 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Troops try to quell Ambon unrest, 30 killed Snipers killed one policeman and wounded two in Indonesia's strife-torn Ambon on Tuesday as police and soldiers patrolled the streets to restore order, officials and witnesses said. The death toll from clashes between Christian and Muslim residents rose to 30, police said, but most of the deaths were from fighting on Sunday, and there were signs the violence in the capital of the eastern Moluccas islands was easing.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 27 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asep, a Jakarta parking-lot attendant, rejoiced in 1998 when Indonesian strongman Suharto was overthrown after three decades of authoritarian rule. But democracy hasn't proved to be quite the boon he and so many other Indonesians expected. In some ways, says Asep, his life is worse now than ever before. Under Suharto, he says, at least he only had to bribe one person—a stadium security officer—for the right to manage the lot at Senayan Stadium. But now, Asep complains, he is routinely approached by people claiming to be policemen, soldiers, sports department officials and political-party officers, all demanding baksheesh of a few thousand rupiah or a pack of cigarettes. These kickbacks often eat away almost half of his meager earnings of $2 a day, but "it's hard not to give," says Asep, "because you don't know anymore who is really in charge."

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On behalf of The United States-Indonesia Society and the National Commission on United States-Indonesia Relations, I thank you for this opportunity to present my perspectives on some of the major trends and challenges shaping priorities for U.S. policy in Southeast Asia. I returned yesterday from two weeks in Indonesia and also look forward to sharing my views on developments in that important nation.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soldiers, police clash in South Sulawesi A soldier and a policeman were wounded on Thursday in shoot-outs between troops and police in the town of Palopo, Luwu regency, South Sulawesi, officials and residents said. The clash erupted briefly near the Luwu Police station at around 9:30 a.m., and ended after Army commanders arrived at the scene. However, officials could not say who had started firing first, as the investigation was still underway.

Posted in Violence @ 05 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 139 reporters to cover Bali bombing anniversary At least 139 reporters from 40 Indonesian and foreign mass media have registered to cover the ceremony to remember the victims of the Bali bombings here on Oct 12 last year. Some 29 journalists are coming from the local media and 110 from 11 foreign media, a member of the event's organizing committee, I Nyoman Bagiana Karang, said on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 11 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One eviction, thousands homeless More than 1,000 people became homeless in a forced eviction on Thursday at a 15-hectare plot of land in Tanjung Duren Selatan subdistrict, West Jakarta. The eviction caused massive traffic jams along the Jakarta-Tangerang toll road, Jl. S. Parman and roads surrounding Mal Taman Anggrek as "illegal" occupants blocked the access to their neighborhood by burning tires on the toll road and feeder roads.

Posted in General @ 03 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police HQs may be next bombing targets Amid their aggressive campaign to arrest suspected terrorists behind the string of bombings in the country, police revealed on Wednesday that terrorists were ready to strike back, with the National and Jakarta Police Headquarters on their priority list of targets. "The suspects that we arrested earlier confessed that they already had a plan to launch another terror attack in the capital," said National Police chief of detectives, Comr. Gen. Erwin Mappaseng.

Posted in General @ 18 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More refugees on move in Aceh, rebel toll tops 200 Indonesian security forces have killed more than 200 rebels in Aceh province since a fresh offensive to crush the separatists began four weeks ago, the military said Sunday. In a statement, the military said it had killed 202 members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) while 24 soldiers and policemen had lost their lives. Five civilians had also been killed, it said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 15 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Business as usual in the capital The Saturday market at Pasar Aceh Central here is bustling with shoppers buying fish, fruits, meat and vegetables. Except for two policemen directing traffic – consisting mostly of motorised tricycles and mini buses – there is no uniformed personnel at the market that is one of the liveliest spots in this capital of Aceh.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 June 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta sends more troops to Aceh Indonesia says it has sent hundreds more troops to support its attack on separatist rebels in Aceh, amid reports of a mounting death toll from the four-day-old offensive. The military says 325 military policemen and about 300 men from support units have left for Aceh aboard two warships. Indonesia launched its biggest military operation in a quarter-century on Monday to try to wipe out the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) following the breakdown of last-ditch peace talks in Tokyo over the weekend.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 22 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military operations in Aceh to start soon President Megawati Soekarnoputri instructed security personnel on Tuesday to prepare for military operations in Aceh, setting the stage for a showdown between government troops and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) in the troubled province. Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said after a limited Cabinet meeting that Megawati had decided to use force if the rebels defied a two-week deadline to disarm and renounce their demand for independence.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 07 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN indicts Indonesian generals The UN has indicted the former Indonesian armed forces chief along with six other generals and East Timor's ex-governor for crimes against humanity during the territory's bloody independence vote in 1999. "The accused have all been charged with crimes against humanity for murder, deportation and persecution," the United Nations said in a statement issued in the East Timorese capital of Dili.

Posted in Crime @ 25 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Students in rowdy anti-president protest About 1,000 Indonesian students staged a rowdy protest outside the home of President Megawati Sukarnoputri on Thursday calling for her to step down. Hundreds of police formed a cordon to stop the protesters approaching Megawati's official residence in central Jakarta.

Posted in Protests @ 06 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airport security tightened amid new terror threats The authorities have tightened security at airports and other key facilities across the country following renewed threats of terror attacks in the wake of the Bali bombing tragedy, police said on Monday. More than 100 additional police officers, some of them plain-clothed personnel, were deployed at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport near Jakarta to tighten security there, said airport police chief Insp. Sri Suari. The police are conducting patrols within the airport complex located in Tangerang, Banten province.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia on heightened alert Indonesia has heightened security nationwide amid fresh threats of terror attacks on key economic infrastructures following the Bali bombing tragedy, police have said. The increased security alert comes as intelligence reports point to further terrorist activity after the October 12 night of horror in Bali where more than 180 people were killed.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb hits Aceh before Megawati visit A bomb was thrown near the airport in Indonesia's restive province of Aceh on Wednesday, just hours before President Megawati Sukarnoputri was due to visit, police said. They said a man threw what appeared to be a homemade bomb from a car around two kilometres from the Banda Aceh airport where Megawati was due to arrive around 1.00 p.m. (0600 GMT).

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 25 September 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fish poachers kill marine cop Illegal Vietnamese fishermen caught poaching at sea off Indonesia's Belitung island killed an Indonesian marine policeman who tried to arrest them, police said in a report Thursday. The fishermen used sharp weapons to attack First Brigadier P. Yanto and his colleague Tuesday after the officers boarded their boat to sail it to shore, a police chief was quoted by the Republika daily as saying.

Posted in Crime @ 13 September 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tension grips Malaka after brawl Tension was still evident in Malaka, Duren Sawit, East Jakarta, on Sunday evening following a brawl between two groups of residents in the early hours on Sunday, a report said. At least one person was severely injured in the incident, which involved stone-pelting and Molotov cocktail throwing, Metro TV reported.

Posted in Violence @ 02 June 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two die, 15 injured in a police-army battle in Madiun Two civilians were killed and 15 others were injured during a fierce clash between members of Infantry Battalion 501 of the Army Strategic Reserves Command (Kostrad) and police officers in Madiun, East Java, on Saturday night. Acting spokesperson for the East Java Police, Comr. Penny Handayani, confirmed the clash on Sunday, adding that five police stations, two buildings, including the police hospital in Madiun, and several vehicles were also destroyed.

Posted in Violence @ 17 September 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll in Luwu violence reaches 13 The death toll from an intervillage clash in the district of Ponrang, Luwu regency, reached 13 on Saturday, while regency legislators decried the local regent's sluggishness in dealing with the violence. "Regent Kamrul Kasim failed to anticipate the deadly clash, which had been predicted by others. He also did not approach residents to appeal to them not to be easily provoked. Kamrul Kasim must be held responsible for the tragedy," A. Muh. Yamin, a legislator from Commission B, told The Jakarta Post while monitoring the exodus from Padang Sappa.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 02 September 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Massive rallies against labor decree rock cities Thousands of Indonesian workers held massive rallies in several cities on Wednesday to demand the scrapping of a ministerial labor decree cutting long-service payments.

Posted in Protests @ 13 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blood. countless gallons of blood soaked deep into the clay of a soccer field. There have been two heavy thunderstorms in the four days since 118 children, women and men—Madurese refugees huddled together and promised safe passage—were systematically butchered on the high-school playing field in Parenggean, a logging town deep in central Kalimantan. Those rains weren't cleansing enough: in the still of a tropical afternoon, the sweet stink of putrescence hangs in the air like the unquiet spirits of those murdered here. Halerin, a stocky sawmill hand in his thirties, was at the field that night. His account:

Posted in Violence @ 08 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur supporters burn Golkar offices The anger of President Abdurrahman Wahid's supporters boiled over on Wednesday when they torched Golkar Party offices in Surabaya, Mojokerto and Malang, all in East Java. In protest at the censuring of the President by the House of Representatives (DPR) over the Bulog and Brunei financial scandals, tens of thousands of the President's supporters continued to vent their anger publicly.

Posted in Violence @ 08 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Demonstrations by Gus Dur supporters turn violent Disgruntled supporters of the incumbent President Abdurrahman Wahid continued venting their anger in East Java on Monday by vandalizing the National Awakening Party (PAN) and Golkar Party offices in the town of Gresik, some 30 kilometers northwest of Surabaya. No fatalities were reported, but the police said that they had failed to curb the violent actions committed by at least 2,000 people.

Posted in Protests @ 06 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The deadly Christmas and New Year bombings in Indonesia and Manila, which killed 40 people and left hundreds injured, have Indonesians and Filipinos puzzled. Is radical Islam, they wonder, entering a dangerous new phase in Southeast Asia? Or is Islamic militancy, as police investigators and analysts now seem convinced, merely a convenient cover for politically powerful rivals bent on using terror campaigns in their struggle for supremacy?

Posted in Politics @ 25 January 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians welcome new year with relief Indonesians heaved a sigh of great relief as they welcomed New Year's Day, grateful that days of fears of bomb attacks proved unfounded. Instead, sounds from firecracker explosions and paper trumpets filled the air, marking the arrival of a new millennium. In Pekanbaru, however, people preferred a quiet celebration and no sounds of firecrackers were heard in the city that was hit by a bomb attack last Christmas Eve. Firecracker vendors quit their business following the deadly explosion at a church in the city last Sunday.

Posted in General @ 01 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four policemen killed in Pekanbaru blast Four policemen were killed in a bomb blast that occurred at the HKBP church in Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau, Sunday night. The four were killed when they were inspecting a parcel found inside the church building after the congregation had left, Antara reported.

Posted in General @ 24 December 2000 00:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Second explosion in Bandung A second explosion in Bandung ripped through the scene of a blast site which occurred earlier in the evening, injuring four policemen. The latest blast which occurred about 7 p.m. erupted as police were searching the building where the initial explosion had occurred. They accidentally triggered another explosive device hidden in the building. Sources said that police had discovered a cellular phone on at the scene of the explosion as they were conducting their search. One of the police then unsuspectingly pressed a button on the cellurphone which was really a remote detonating device. The four injured policemen were identified as Sgt. Zainudin, Pvt. Yoyong, Sgt. Didi and Sgt. Hidayat. Bandung police chief Snr. Supt. Timur Pradopo who was also near the scene of the explosion was said to be in shock but otherwise unhurt.

Posted in General @ 24 December 2000 00:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Weekend rampage in Irian Jaya leaves 30 dead A weekend rampage by pro-independence supporters in Indonesia's troubled Irian Jaya province following clashes with police left 30 people dead, mostly migrant workers from other parts of the country, according to Irian Jaya acting governor Musiran Darmosuwito. Musiran told RCTI private television network on Sunday evening that out of the 30 killed, 24 were migrant workers. Besides, 48 others were injured in the rampage.

Posted in Violence @ 08 October 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security guards protect footbridge near Le Meridien Anyone using the footbridge in front of the Le Meridien hotelon Jl. Sudirman in Central Jakarta will notice the presence of several security guards, each equipped with a combat knife and stick, standing by the bridge. At a glance, people might think that the guards, who wear light blue uniforms, gray berets and an armband that reads Polda Metro Jaya (Jakarta Police), are policemen. But they are actually employed by a private security company hired by thehotel management to watch the bridge.

Posted in General @ 25 September 2000 16:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Glodok erupts after raids on pirated VCDs Rioting broke out in the capital's predominantly ethnic- Chinese business district of Glodok on Saturday morning after police raided street vendors selling pirated video compact discs (VCDs). At least four shops in the Harco Glodok electronic goods shopping center and several others along with two automobile showrooms on nearby Jl. Gajah Mada and Jl. Hayam Wuruk were set alight and vandalized. Looting was also reported from some of the shops affected.

Posted in Violence @ 14 May 2000 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-Suharto protest turns violent in Jakarta Police fired tear gas Friday at hundreds of student protesters who had gathered outside former President Suharto's home demanding that he be put on trial for corruption. More than 100 police officers with shields had been holding the protesters about 300 yards (meters) from the house for hours when they suddenly fired tear gas canisters and charged the demonstrators.

Posted in Violence @ 12 May 2000 09:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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