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Tanah Abang residents clash with motorcyclists mistaken for gang members

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 19, 2019   /   09:32 pm
Tanah Abang residents clash with motorcyclists mistaken for gang members A clash between Tanah Abang residents and a group of motorcyclists, incorrectly believed to be members of a gang, occurred in Central Jakarta, on Sunday morning. No casualties were reported. (Shutterstock/-)

A viral video has been making the rounds on social media that shows people who live near the Jatibaru overpass in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, clashing with passing motorcyclists.

The caption of the video, uploaded to Instagram account @peduli.jakaarta, reads “A clash between residents and gangs occurred at the Jatibaru overpass early in the morning today. The residents joined hands in blocking the gangs that have worried the people lately.”

Tanah Abang Police chief Sr. Adj. Comr. Lukman Cahyono confirmed that the incident took place, but said that the motorcyclists in the video were not robbery suspects or members of any motorcycle gangs.

“The residents were hanging around by the side of the road, and then saw motorcyclists traveling in groups, so the residents drove them out,” Lukman said on Sunday as reported by kompas.com.

He said the residents suspected the motorcyclists were members of a gang because of information about robberies and motorcycle gangs that has been circulated on social media recently.

He said the police also detained three people apprehended by the residents. “We detained them to avoid a clash,” Lukman said.

After questioning, the police did not find any weapons or evidence that the three detainees were part of a motorcycle gang.

The police released the three motorcyclists after the situation at the overpass had returned to normal.

“We advised the residents to not take the law into their own hands,” Lukman said. (ami)