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Police claim WhatsApp chats show plan to incite riots

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie and Belseran Christ

    Jakarta and Ambon

Jakarta and Ambon   /   Sat, October 17 2020   /  01:00 am
A number of students held a demonstration under the Pasar Rebo flyover, East Jakarta (Wednesday, October 7, 2010). They protested against the Omnibus Law that was passed by the DPR last Monday. In the action, the students burned tires and unfurled protest banners to the DPR and the Government.(JP/P.J.Leo)

The National Police have revealed an alleged plot to incite riots by four people affiliated with the Save Indonesia Coalition (KAMI) in Medan, North Sumatra, who were recently arrested amid the wave of nationwide protests against the controversial Job Creation Law. The four activists, the group’s Medan chairman Khairil Amri and members identified only as JG, NZ, WRP, were arrested between Oct. 9 and Monday for allegedly spreading information that propagated hatred and hostility based on tribal affiliations, religion, race or societal groups (SARA). In Thursday’s press conference, National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Argo Yuwono said police detectives had discovered conversations in a WhatsApp group of which the four were members, as evidence that the activists had conspired to incite riots. For instance, JG allegedly said in one of the conversations that members s...