Some 20 members of hard-line group the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) sealed 7-Eleven convenience store in Pejaten, Pasar Minggu in South Jakarta on Saturday evening following rumors that it had yet to secure its building permit.
The Pasar Minggu police precinct commander, Comr. Adri Deras Furyanto, said Sunday that FPI members, riding several motorcycles, arrived at the store at around 10 p.m. Adri said that the group’s members, who wore white FPI jackets, forced five shop attendants to close the store.
The group then put up a banner that read “This building is sealed by residents of West Pejaten/Jati Padang because it has not obtained building and business permits, as well as permits from local residents”. The FPI also objected the shop’s sales of alcoholic drinks.
Shop attendants immediately left the outlet after the FPI members up the sign.
Adri said that he and another 20 police officers talked to the FPI members, but did not impose any punishment on the mob, given the fact that they did not commit any acts of vandalism.
According to Adri, the group had planned another raid on an entertainment center just minutes after they sealed the convenience store. However, Adri said that police officers managed to convince them to cancel their plans.
“The FPI has promised us that its members would not do similar things in the future,” said Adri, adding that he would gather all related parties at a meeting on Monday to look for solutions for the problem.
Separately, South Jakarta Police spokesman Adj. Comr. Aswin Sipayung said that the police had yet to determine whether or not to question the FPI members, who are known for radical action.
“We have yet to receive reports about vandalism or violence related with the sealing of the store. We are still waiting for investigations from the Pasar Minggu police precinct,” Aswin said. (riz/lfr)