The National Police has refused calls for dissolution of hard-line Muslim group Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), saying it has no authority to do so.
Spokesman for the police Insp. Gen. Edward Aritonang said Tuesday the police were responsible for enforcing the law against individuals suspected of breaking the law.
“[Dissolving an organization] is not our domain. However, if certain people break the law, we can charge them regardless of their organizations,” he told reporters.
Edward said the National Police had sent an internal affairs team to investigate the Banyuwangi incident, which centered on dissolution of a discussion on health attended by House of Representatives lawmakers by a group of people wearing FPI insignias.
“We are still studying allegations that the Banyuwangi police ignored or neglected prior threats to break up the event,” he added.
The attackers said they believed the discussion was actually a meeting of the former members of the banned Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) and their families.
On Monday Ribka Tjiptaning of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), who heads the House’ Commission IX overseeing health affairs, reported the FPI to the police and demanded dissolution of the group.
Ribka also reported the incident to the National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM).