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It's back to normal for legal aid foundation after attack

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 25, 2017   /   07:00 pm
It's back to normal for legal aid foundation after attack A journalist records the damaged Indonesian Legal Aid Institute Foundation headquarters in Central Jakarta after it was attacked by hundreds of people. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Activities at the headquarters of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute Foundation (YLBHI) in Menteng, Central Jakarta, returned to normal on Monday after hundreds of protesters had besieged it for days.

They believed that the office was hosting an event related to the disbanded Indonesian Communist Party (PKI).

“Our clients can now visit the office again,” Jakarta Legal Aid Institute director Alghiffari Aqsa said on Sunday, according to tempo.co.

He added that YLBHI clients helped the foundation clean the office after the protest turned violent on Sept. 18 when protesters, who claimed to belong to an anti-communist group, began pelting it with rocks and bottles. At least five police officers were injured during the scuffle.

On Sept. 16, a group of scholars, activists, victims of the 1965 communist purge and their families attempted to hold a discussion titled “Conveying the truth on the history of 1965/1966.”

It was stopped after police said the organizers did not have a permit to host the event. (vny)