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Jakarta Post

Police accused of using too much force against protesting students

  • Apriadi Gunawan, Andi Hajramurni and Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Medan, Makassar and Bandung   /   Fri, September 27 2019   /  01:28 am

Police nationwide are being accused of using excessive force while handling the student protests in cities across the country on Tuesday, inciting public demand for investigations into the alleged brutality.In North Sumatra, dozens of students suffered injuries after a clash between protesters and police broke out during a rally in front of the provincial legislative council (DPRD) complex in Medan on Tuesday afternoon.Pintor Sitorus, a member of the DPRD North Sumatra from the Gerindra Party, was reportedly beaten by police intelligence agents when the former attempted to record a video of the police’s apparently excessive measures when handling student protesters.The secretary of the Gerindra faction in the DPRD, Gusmiyadi, claimed that he had witnessed the incident and he said he had tried to stop it by explaining to the officers that Pintor was a DPRD member.“The police intellige...