Four FPI Members Detained for Violent Protest at US Embassy
Lenny Tristia Tambun
Four members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) were arrested by Jakarta police over the violent protest in front of the United States embassy on Monday.
“It is true that four people have been detained,” Jakarta Police Deputy Chief Brig. Gen. Suhardi Alius said on Monday. “They were caught with slingshots, marbles as the projectiles as well as Molotov cocktails — this violates the law. If [they] do it again, we’ll arrest them again.”
Hundreds of people from several organizations joined the demonstration at the US embassy in protest of an anti-Islam film. After protestors became violent, police sprayed tear gas and used water canons.
Suhardi said that several policemen sustained minor injuries.
“We have seven members injured, so we’ll stay alert,” he said. “If they’re behaving badly, we’ll take action to maintain security.”
Police put up impromptu barricades with an anti-riot shield to one side of the protesters, preventing them from going to Gambir national Monument and Jalan Medan merdeka Selatan. Mobile phone signals were also jammed to prevent further attack, police said.
FPI Jakarta Chapter Head Salim Alathas called for the harshest treatment for the maker of the film, “Innocence of Muslims” for causing harm to Muslims worldwide.
“We from the FPI and other Islamic organizations demand the filmmaker to be sentenced to death for defaming The Prophet Muhammad,” Salim said on Monday.