The Jakarta Post
Police in North Sumatra on Thursday shot and injured five residents and held five others as a land dispute turned violent.
Residents of Batang Kumu village, Tambusai district, and Rokan Hulu regency, Riau, clashed with security guards of PT Mazuma Agro Indonesia (MAI) and members of the police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob)over a disputed area of land near the border between Riau and North Sumatra.
Legal advisor for the Batang Kumu residents Nasir Sihotang said the clash was triggered by the presence of heavy machinery owned by PT MAI on the disputed land.
“The residents protested and drove away the heavy machinery as they claimed the land was theirs,” Nasir told The Jakarta Post by phone.
The protest met resistance from dozens of security guards who were assisted by 10 fully-geared Brimob personnel from the North Sumatra Police headquarters who were deploye...