'Arsonists' set fire to youth group's Bekasi office
The Jakarta Post
The local branch office and a car of the Pemuda Pancasila youth organization were set on fire by unknown assailants on Wednesday in Pondok Gede, Bekasi.
Pemuda Pancasila's Bekasi branch head, Ariyes Budiman, said the incident occurred after midnight.
“Around 30 people riding 15 motorcycles arrived at the location, which intimidated two of our members who happened to be passing by,” Ariyes said.
The two Pemuda Pancasila members later returned to find the office and its Daihatsu Feroza car on fire, with no sign of the individual or individuals who had started the fire, although immediate suspicion fell on the motorcycle group.
The police have yet to release an official statement on the incident.
The previous week, a group of youths claiming to be Pemuda Pancasila members assaulted an Indonesian Air Force personnel for refusing to give them nine durians. The police made a single arrest in connection with the incident.
According to Ariyes, a truce had been reached between the organization and the parties involved, but the Bekasi Police were pursuing criminal proceedings. (jlm)
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