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Death of Persija fan at hands of Persib hooligans sparks outrage

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana and Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Bandung   /   Mon, September 24, 2018   /   11:22 am
Death of Persija fan at hands of Persib hooligans sparks outrage Persija Jakarta and Persib Banding players quarrel during a match at Bandung Lautan Api Stadium in the capital of West Java on Sunday. Persib won 3-2 over Persija in a match where a Persija supporter was beaten to death outside the stadium. ANTARA FOTO/Novrian Arbi (Antara/Novrian Arbi)

The death of a Persija Jakarta supporter reportedly at the hands of a group of Persib Bandung supporters before a Persib vs Persija soccer match on Sunday has drawn outrage from officials, fellow fans and netizens.

Haringga Sirila, 23, was beaten to death near the Gelora Bandung Lautan Api Stadium in Bandung, West Java. According to reports, Haringga was first chased by a group of young men, identified as Persib supporters, who then punched and kicked him in the head. Some also beat him with wooden planks and rocks.

Police have arrested at least five people suspected to have been involved in the incident. 

Persib and Persija are bitter rivals and their fans have often clashed resulting in injuries and deaths. 

West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, who attended the match, expressed his grief over Haringga’s death on his Instagram account on Sunday. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saya sangat berduka cita atas meninggalnya suporter Persija atas nama Haringga Sirilla, warga Cengkareng tadi siang. Sangat kecewa dan menyesalkan tindakan biadab oknum Bobotoh yang menodai kemenangan tim Persib yg di dapat dgn susah payah. ______ Bagaimanapun, dalam situasi seperti ini, secara kemanusiaan, saya pribadi memohon maaf kepada keluarga korban dan rekan2 The Jak Persija. _______ Saya sudah meminta kepolisian untuk menangkap dan menghukum seberat-beratnya kepada oknum biadab yang terlibat. 5 tersangka sudah ditangkap dan ditahan di Polrestabes Bandung. ________ Semoga peristiwa ini menjadi pembelajaran untuk kita semua untuk tidak melakukan fanatisme berlebihan, karena merah putih dan Indonesia Raya kita masih sama. _______ Bagi saya lebih baik tidak ada liga sepakbola jika harus mengorbankan nyawa manusia. Hapunten.

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“Very disappointed and sorry for the vicious actions of some Bobotoh [Persib supporters] that have tainted Persib’s hard-won victory,” he said. “For me it would be better to not have a soccer league if it results in the loss of human life.”

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan echoed Ridwan’s sentiments.

“Today is a day of deep mourning,” he posted on his Instagram account. “Angry, sad and disappointed! Violence is suffocating.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kabar meninggalnya anak muda selalu menyesakkan. Hari ini jadi hari duka cita yang amat dalam. Marah, duka dan kecewa! Kekerasan itu menyesakkan. . Seorang anak muda, Haringga Sirila, berangkat jauh untuk mendukung kesebelasan kesayangannya @persijajkt justru jadi korban pengeroyokan dan berujung pada kematian. . Turut berduka cita sedalam-dalamnya kepada keluarga yg ditinggalkan, juga kepada keluarga besar Jakmania. Semoga amal ibadah almarhum diterima oleh Allah, serta diampuni segala dosanya. . Malam ini saya telah berkomunikasi dengan manajemen Persija. Saat ini mereka sedang dalam perjalanan menuju ke Bandung untuk mengurus pemulangan jenazah. Juga telah berkomunikasi dengan pengurus The Jakmania yang juga dalam perjalanan menuju Bandung bersama keluarga almarhum. Pemprov DKI akan siapkan semua dukungan yg diperlukan untuk memastikan semua pengurusan berjalan dengan cepat dan tuntas. . Saudara-saudara semua, kita memang berduka, kita marah, tapi mari kita tunjukan bahwa kita beradab, kita menjunjung tinggi hukum. . Kita dukung penyelidikan penuh dan penindakan tegas di jalur hukum. Untuk itu kami minta seluruh Jakmania tetap tenang, kita tunjukkan kita adalah pendukung yang bermartabat. . Kita percayakan penyelesaian oleh aparat penegak hukum dan pengadilan terhadap para pelaku untuk mempertanggungjawabkan tindakannya di muka hukum. . Sekali lagi, kita semua turut berduka dan mari kita doakan almarhum, bantu tabahkan keluarga, dukung polisi menuntaskan penyelidikan, serta tetap jaga ketenangan dan kondusivitas. Terima kasih. . *ABW

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Anies also called on Persija supporters to refrain from retaliating with further violence.

“Brothers and sisters, we are mourning, we are angry, but we must show that we are civilized, that we uphold the law,” he said. 

The Bandung Supporter Alliance also condemned the incident and urged all soccer supporters to halt all forms of violence in the name of soccer rivalry.

“Come on, how long will this go on? How long will we continue to inherit this grudge? How many more lives must be lost? And tomorrow who else will die just for a soccer rivalry?” the Alliance said in a statement. “Soccer is not worth a life.”

The hashtag #RIPHaringga was the top trending topic on Twitter in Indonesia on Monday morning, as netizens expressed their anger over Haringga’s death. 

“Wanting to cause serious physical harm to someone else just because they support a different soccer team to you is pathetic,” Twitter user @Karizunique wrote. 

“So heartless and cruel toward a fellow human being. What are they taught at home? Oh God. #RIPHaringga” said @AdibHidayat.

Activist and family psychologist Alissa Wahid called for harsher punishments toward the club and supporters involved in order to stop such violence from occuring in the future.

“We cannot stop at just condemning the bloody actions that result in the death of a soccer club supporter,” she tweeted on Monday. “As long as there are no commensurate consequences for the supporters and clubs, ‘accidents caused by group riots’ will continue to occur. This is the basic law of behavioral change.”