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Maluku journalists surround court building

  • M. Azis Tunny and Rana Akbari Fitriawan

    The Jakarta Post

Ambon/Bandung   /   Tue, May 11 2010   /  09:59 am

Journalists returned to Ambon District Court on Monday, surrounding the building in protest over the recent violent handling of a fellow colleague.The rally nearly turned unruly when Ambon and Lease Islands Police Operational chief Comr. Manurung, seized the loudspeakers from one of the protesters.Manurung ordered the rally to stop. “I order you to end the rally,” yelled Manurung.Tension escalated when defiant protesters seized back the loudspeaker, but the police’s anti-riot unit intervened immediately to secure the situation by forming a blockade.Annoyed, the protesters later blocked the two main entrances to the courthouse, but police forcefully opened the padlocks, causing the former to vent their anger by scrawling graffiti and pasting posters on the fence.Protest coordinator Rudi Fofid, deputy chief editor of the Suara Maluku daily, said journalists staged the protest because...