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'Tim Mawar' back in spotlight

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, June 12, 2019   /  06:16 am
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Black smoke rises in the Slipi area of West Jakarta on the afternoon of May 22. The smoke came from fires lit during post-election riots that started on the previous night.(JP/Donny Fernando)

The infamous Tim Mawar (Rose Team) of the Army’s elite Special Forces (Kopassus) is back in the spotlight following a report by Tempo weekly linking a former member of the unit to last month’s post-election riots in Jakarta. Tim Mawar was previously implicated in a series of kidnappings and disappearances of pro-democracy activists in the late 1990s, when the current chairman of the Gerindra Party, Prabowo Subianto, was heading Kopassus. Tempo’s report, entitled “Rose Team and the Sarinah Unrest”, revealed that former Tim Mawar member Fauka Noor Farid played a key part in mobilizing the protests that resulted in violence and rioting between the evening of May 21 and the early hours of May 23. According to the report, Fauka, who is also a member of Gerindra, arranged meetings to discuss the protests with other members of Garda Prabowo - a Prabowo sup...