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Jakarta Post

Marines ordered to say sorry for assaulting journalists in Padang

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Padang   /   Thu, May 31 2012   /  07:33 am

Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Adm. Agus Suhartono says he has ordered the Marines who allegedly assaulted journalists during a prostitution crackdown in Padang, West Sumatra, to apologize.

“The Marines did not intentionally commit violence against the journalists. There has been a misunderstanding, particularly given that the family of one of the Marines ran a shop raided by local officers,” Agus told reporters at the Presidential Office on Wednesday.

“It was triggered by a feeling of sympathy that a shop run by one of the Marine’s family members had been damaged,” he added.

The order by the TNI commander was made amid an upward trend in violence directed against journalists in Indonesia.

Agus said he had also ordered the Marines to return the journalists’ cameras, videotapes and memory cards, which were allegedly forcibly seized during the attac...