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Police to beef up security for Persija match

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 5, 2018   /   05:37 pm
Police to beef up security for Persija match Supporters of Jakarta-based football club Persija, commonly dubbed Jakmania, shout their supports for the club in a match in Jakarta. (Tempo/-)

The Bekasi Police will deploy 2,500 personnel to secure the match between Persija and Papua Perseru Serui soccer clubs, which will be held at Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium in Bekasi, West Java, on Monday.

“After what happened in Bandung, we have learned a valuable lesson. We don’t want to play around, we have increased our personnel to 2,500, which is up from the usual 2,000 deployed to other matches,” Bekasi Police chief Sr. Comr. Indarto said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.

The police will guard the stadium's gates and patrol the main roads surrounding the stadium to make sure the match is not disrupted.

“We will start security measures from noon to contain any potential riot,” Indarto said.

A Persija fan named Haringga Sirila, 23, was allegedly beaten to death by Persib Bandung club supporters before the Persib and Persija soccer match at Gelora Bandung Lautan Api Stadium last month.

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

The incident prompted authorities to suspend the 2018 Go-Jek Liga 1 for a week. The league resumed on Oct. 5. (sau)