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Jakarta Post

Prayer room plays role in calming brawling Central Jakarta residents

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 22, 2018   /   06:31 am
Prayer room plays role in calming brawling Central Jakarta residents Menteng Police arranged a chess tournament for the neighboring Tenggulun and Pasar Rumput districts, whose residents are prone to brawling on Pasar Rumput bridge in Central Jakarta. (tribunnews/Wahyu Aji)

A local leader in Menteng, Central Jakarta, has used a mushola (prayer room) to calm tensions between residents of neighboring districts, reminding them to not taint the Idul Adha day of sacrifice, which will fall on Wednesday.

The latest in a series of brawls broke out between residents of Menteng Tenggulun and Pasar Rumput on Monday night, with rocks and firecrackers being thrown in the Pasar Rumput area in Manggarai, South Jakarta. Some people were armed with bamboo spears and blades in the brawl, as reported by

Jl. Sultan Agung was temporarily closed and roads around the area were congested as a result of the fighting. Police officers fired tear gas to bring the mobs under control.

Menteng subdistrict chief Agus Sulaeman called on the residents to stop the brawling through a loudspeaker at a mushola on Jl. Sukabumi, as seen in footage tweeted by the official Twitter account of the Jakarta Police's Traffic Management Center (TMC) on Monday.

"Tomorrow, we as Muslims are going to celebrate Idul Adha. Do not taint Idul Adha with bad and hurtful things," Agus said, adding that Muslims were not allowed to hurt or kill each other.

Violent quarrels among residents of Pasar Rumput and the nearby area have repeatedly broken out in the past. (stu)