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Indonesian police accused of torture in May riots

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, June 26, 2019   /  08:22 am
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Guns and roses: A resident gives a flower to a police officer securing a protest at Sarinah shopping area in Jakarta on Thursday. The area has been the venue of people staging a rally in the wake of the General Elections Commission’s announcement of the result of the April 17 presidential election. (The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama )

The National Police are facing increased pressure as investigations by human rights organizations found alleged use of torture by Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officers during the recent postelection protests that escalated into riots in Central and West Jakarta. According to rights group Amnesty International, at least 12 people suffered torture and illtreatment by Brimob personnel during crackdowns on suspected rioters on May 21-23. In its report released on Tuesday, Amnesty said the alleged use of violence occurred in areas near the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) building, the center of the protests, including in Kampung Bali, where reports of police brutality had previously emerged. The group declined to reveal the alleged victims’ identities out of concern of their safety as well as of their families. “The public has the right to know about what happened on...