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Jakarta Post

Police won’t bow to FPI pressure to dismiss West Java Police chief

  • Safrin La Batu

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 18, 2017   /  06:20 am
Police won’t bow to FPI pressure to dismiss West Java Police chief Making a statement — Islam Defenders Front (FPI) members express their anger during a recent protest. (Tempo/-)

The National Police will not bow to pressure from the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) to dismiss West Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Anton Charliyan before a thorough investigation is conducted, an official said Tuesday.

FPI members have demanded that the police immediately dismiss Anton because, according to them, the two-star general took sides when resolving a violent dispute between the FPI and mass organization the Indonesian General Society Movement (GMBI) in Bandung, West Java, last week.

“That is good input but we have to stick to the existing law. We have our own mechanisms for replacing an officer,” National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar told reporters on Tuesday.

The FPI and GMBI were involved in a clash during the questioning of FPI leader Rizieq Shihab by the West Java Police over allegations of insulting the state ideology of Pancasila last week. Following the clash, a GMBI office in Bogor regency, West Java, was attacked and set alight by a group of people, allegedly FPI members.

The police have named dozens of people as suspects in the incident. Police claimed the suspects were members of the radical group, which the FPI has denied.

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