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Jakarta Post

City spooks to join Jakarta music festival in search of drugs

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 6, 2017   /   07:54 pm
City spooks to join Jakarta music festival in search of drugs Partygoers dance the night away at the Djakarta Warehouse Project in 2012. (JP/R. Berto Wedhatama)

The Jakarta administration will dispatch a surveillance team to supervise the nation's biggest electronic music festival, Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP), amid concerns about the consumption of drugs and alcohol.

Jakarta Tourism and Culture Agency head Tinia Budiati said the authorities would require stricter measures by the event organizers against activities related to drugs and alcohol.

"The [issuance of the] permit will be stricter, so that there will be no irrelevant activities, like drug trading, alcohol [consumption] and more," she said, as quoted by on Wednesday. "We will control it strictly."

Tinia added that the administration would deploy a team that would work undercover during the event to see whether there were any drug- or alcohol-related activities.

Tinia declined to say whether drugs and alcohol had been in circulation at the annual DWP festival in previous years.

The city’s announcement to dispatch an undercover team to the dance festival this year follows protest from a youth group urging Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan to call off the event, as it was "destructing youth's morality." (agn)