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Jakarta Post

Old brothers under fire: Revisiting TNI-Police ties

  • Tangguh Chairil
    Tangguh Chairil

    Lecturer at the Department of International Relations at Binus University

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 9, 2019   /  12:18 pm
Old brothers under fire: Revisiting TNI-Police ties High-ranking officers of the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police stand to attention at an annual meeting at the Presidential Palace. The meeting was attended by 198 TNI generals and 170 police generals. (The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana)

In the spirit of mending relationships following the recent Idul Fitri festivities that ended the fasting month, it is worth revisiting the relations between the “old brothers” — the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police —that emerged in the spotlight during the election-related protests and riots.

At least three cases of hoax related to both went viral shortly after the May 22 riots: A video alleged that a member of the TNI’s Strategic Intelligence Agency (BAIS) provoked the masses to resist the police; a captioned photo claimed that the commander of the Sungai Kakap military command, West Kalimantan, was shot by police in a security incident in Pontianak; another photo asserted that police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) personnel were disguised as Navy soldiers to defame the TNI during violence against the masses.

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