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Police question leader of group raiding bookstores over communist titles

  • Andi Hajramurni

    The Jakarta Post

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Makassar, South Sulawesi   /   Mon, August 5, 2019   /  07:19 pm
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The Indonesian Muslim Brigade (BMI) conducted a raid on the Gramedia bookstore at the Trans Mall Makassar over the weekend, searching for books on communism.(Shutterstock/Yulia Grigoryeva)

Literacy activists in South Sulawesi have condemned a raid against bookstores over titles deemed to contain communist thought by a group claiming to represent Muslims. Police consider the action unlawful and questioned the group’s leader as a witness on Monday. South Sulawesi Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Dicky Sondani said the police, however, were waiting for a police report, so that they could investigate the case against the Indonesian Muslim Brigade (BMI) that carried out the raid on the Gramedia bookstore at Trans Mall Makassar at the weekend, searching for books on communism. The group found three titles, including on Marxism and Leninism, and told the store to withdraw the books and return them to their respective publishers. “The police will watch the BMI movement, so that they will not take matters into their own hands again,” Dicky said. Dicky added tha...