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Rights body probes Air Force violence

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Fri, August 19 2016   /  09:27 am

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) is launching an investigation into the recent violence carried out by Air Force personnel against residents and journalists during a protest in Sari Rejo, Medan, North Sumatra.

At least 10 people were injured in the violence, with some reportedly suffering gunshot wounds.

Not only will the rights body probe the alleged assault by the Air Force personnel, it will also investigate the triggering factor that caused the eruption of violence and the issues surrounding an alleged land dispute that may have started it all.

Komnas HAM member Natalius Pigai said he was concerned by the fact that the clash between the Air Force personnel and the Sari Rejo residents occurred when the nation was celebrating its 71st Independence Day.

He said the incident attracted public attention because the perpetrators were Air Force...