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Four Malaysian citizens detained for selling 'Communist Manifesto'

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, October 2, 2016   /  05:25 pm
Four Malaysian citizens detained for selling 'Communist Manifesto' An illustration of a chained book. (Shutterstock.com/File)

Police seized copies of the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels at a book fair held at the Jakarta Convention Center on Saturday and questioned four people involved in the sale of the books.

Tanah Abang crime investigation unit Cmr. Mustakim said police seized six copies of the book.

"The publishers and the sellers at the fair are Malaysian citizens," he said on Saturday as reported by kompas.com.

The four people questioned by police were Zulfikri Zamir bin Mohammad Munir, 31, of Thukul Cetak publisher, Sakri bin Abdullah, 51, head of the stand at the book fair, and stand attendants M. Rozla Bin Muhammed Noor, 46, and Khairul Nizam bin Muhammad Yunis, 45.

Mustakim said the four would not be slapped with charges, but police took them to the Jakarta Police headquarters for questioning. The questioning aimed to get information on the book feared to cause public unrest.

Police detained in May two people for selling T-shirts of German trash metal band Kreator emblazoned with the image of a hammer-and-sickle.

Hard-line groups have protested the perceived rise of communism ever since relatives and victims of the 1965 communist purge sought justice from the government.

A number of events, shows and discussions on the 1965 purge have been shut down since last year. (rin)