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Netizens show support for police with '#KamiBersamaPOLRI'

  • Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 10, 2018   /   01:45 pm
Netizens show support for police with '#KamiBersamaPOLRI' Members of the National Police's Densus 88 counterterrorism squad pose for a photo after ending an almost 30-hour riot and standoff at the Mobile Brigade's detention center in Depok, West Java, on May 10. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Following the 40-hour standoff between security forces and terror inmates at a detention center located in the National Police’s Mobile Brigade headquarters (Mako Brimob) in Depok, West Java, netizens have flooded social media with messages supporting the police.

Hashtags #KamiBersamaPOLRI (WeAreWithPOLRI) and #TindakTegasTeroris (FirmPunishmentForTerrorists) were among the trending topics discussed on Twitter in Indonesia.

Twitter user Fadli Isthofani through his personal account @FIsthofani voiced his support by quoting statements made by the presidents of the Philippines and Russia pertaining to terrorism.

“Duterte: If ISIS comes to the Philippines, forget about human rights. Putin: To forgive the terrorists is up to God, but to send them to Him is up to me. Five police officers died. Al Fathihah [pray for the deceases],” he tweeted.

Another Twitter user named Sabeena, @SabeenaSepti, expressed her support by tweeting, “#TindakTegasTeroris YES, I agree!! An eye for an eye, a soul for a soul.”

Several public figures have also joined the wave of support, late president Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid’s daughter Alissa Wahid who posted, “For those who died while protecting us from terrorist attacks, I wish God will greet you all and hold you with eternal love. #KamiBersamaPOLRI.”

Thousands of similar posts have also appeared on Instagram, with the account @kamibersamapolri created on Wednesday as a tribute to the officers who were killed during the riot.

As of Thursday, the administrator of the account has posted 26 photos showing support for the police’s endeavors to combat terrorism in the country.

One post is an illustration of four police officers with civilians behind them. A message above them in bold red and black letters reads: “KAMI TIDAK TAKUT” (We not afraid).

Five police officers and one terror inmate were killed in the riot.

National Police deputy chief Sr. Comr. Syarifuddin said during attempts to end the standoff, 145 inmates gave up without resistance while other 10 inmates resisted but surrendered eventually.

All terror inmates will reportedly be relocated to Nusakambangan prison in Cilacap, Central Java.