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Jakarta Post

Kopassus held as ‘heroes’

  • Yuliasri Perdani and Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 11 2013   /  09:32 am

As the 11 members of the Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus) accused of brutally killing four men inside Cebongan Penitentiary in Sleman, Yogyakarta, faced interrogation at the Semarang Military Police headquarters, several groups across the country began hailing them as heroes for standing up to criminal gangs.

In front of the Kopassus headquarters in Cijantung, East Jakarta, on Wednesday, a group calling itself Anak Kolong Bergerak asked passersby to sign a 3-meter banner in support of the 11 soldiers who allegedly stormed and shot dead four detainees in the prison on March 23 in apparent retaliation for the killing of one of their comrades. “Anak kolong” is a slang expression for the children of soldiers.

The group, consisting of local residents from around Cijantung, is aiming to collect 11,000 signatures, according to news reports.

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