Central Jakarta footbridge walled up to prevent brawls
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta administration has walled up both ends of a footbridge in Johar Baru, Central Jakarta, that connects two subdistricts where residents often brawl.
The bridge, which spans a narrow river between Kampung Rawa subdistrict and Tanah Tinggi subdistrict, was walled up recently.
Johar Baru district head Abdul Choir said on Tuesday that the area had become safer after the bridge was closed.
"Alhamdulillah [thank God], it is now safe because we also cleaned the area under the bridge of sharp weapons," Abdul said as quoted by kompas.com.
Abdul said that initially he suggested the closing of six footbridges, but the administration decided to close just the one.
The closing of the bridge was agreed to by community and neighborhood unit heads, the police and the military, he said.
Abdul said the move would not disrupt traffic in the area
The move was supported by residents, who previously urged the administration to dismantle the bridge to stop brawling between residents of the two subdistricts, he said. (cal)
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