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Jakarta Post

Government slammed for inaction against FPI

  • Abdul Khalik

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 4 2008   /  10:14 am

NO TO THUGGERY: Peace activists stage a demonstration at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. (JP/R. Berto Wedhatama) The government came under fire Tuesday for the failure to arrest leaders and members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) over an attack on activists at the National Monument (Monas). Lawmakers, legal experts and activists also demanded the government quickly disband the FPI, arguing that under the law, the group's actions at Monas could be classified as disturbing the peace and causing insecurity in the community. House of Representatives Speaker Agung Laksono slammed the government's stance against the FPI, saying police should have promptly detained the perpetrators. "It (the attack) is not the first time. If the government had taken strong action against them, then violence like this would not have been repea...