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Jakarta Post

Troop deployments stoke fear of return to hard tactics

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 4 2020   /  01:00 am
On the lookout -- Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel stand guard at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Sunday. TNI and National Police personnel are being deployed at various public places to enforce health protocols as part of the implementation of “new normal” measures in Jakarta. (JP / Wendra Ajistyatama)

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano The Jakarta Post/Jakarta The government’s decision to deploy hundreds of thousands of Indonesian Military (TNI) officers to help enforce pandemic health protocols has drawn criticism among defense analysts and human rights experts for its nod to past military practices. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced last week that the Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police would work together to guard crowded places in preparation for the so-called “new normal” of living alongside COVID-19. As many as 340,000 troops have been deployed across more than two dozen cities to oversee enforcement of measures aimed at curbing transmission of the disease, as the country gears up for the eventual easing of restrictions on movement and travel. But the move risks inviting people to rise up against a possible “hard” sec...