The Jakarta Post
Military personnel have evicted residents from houses in the Jakarta Military District Command (Kodam) Jaya housing complex in Tanah Kusir, South Jakarta, on Wednesday morning despite protests. The eviction has been deemed unjust by the residents as the dispute over the land is still being examined by the court.
The military personnel began emptying the houses at 8 a.m.
The residents could not approach the houses, with some 20 military personnel blocking the way.
One resident argued with a military officer.
“[Tanah Kusir housing complex] is not a military housing complex… there’s no signpost mentioning this as a Kodam or Kostrad housing complex. [The housing] belongs to the residents,” on of the residents told kompas.com, referring to the Jakarta Military Command (Kodam) and the Army Strategic Reserves Command (Kostrad).
Another resident, Irfan, said the military personnel had conducted a forced eviction without prior notice.
“The land dispute case is still being processed by the court. Why are the military officers emptying our houses?” he said.
On Wednesday morning, dozens of residents burned tires on Jl. Arteri Pondok Indah, South Jakarta, to protest the planned eviction.
The protest, which started at 5.50 a.m., caused traffic congestion around Pondok Indah Mall. Jl. Pondok Indah to Permata Hijau was also blocked by the residents.
The traffic returned to normal around 9 a.m. (cal)