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The Jakarta Police on Thursday called for the dismantlement of posts belonging to two rival groups operating in the Greater Jakarta area, saying that they are a source of clashes and conflicts.
The statement came a day after a member of the Betawi Brotherhood Forum (FBR), 36 year-old Muhidin, was allegedly killed by three members of a rival group, the Pancasila Youth (PP), in Tangerang, just west of the capital.
Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said that hundreds of posts erected by the two groups often became targets of attacks.
“If no one is inside the post, the post gets destroyed, but when there is someone inside, this person will be mobbed,” he said.
The posts, Rikwanto added, “are often perceived as turf claims. That is why clashes have occurred because of them.”
Police will try to mediate between the rival groups in a dialog next week.
“We need to cooperate with city officials… because [the dismantlement] is their jurisdiction. The way we see it, [the posts] need to be destroyed because they have caused problems,” he said.
On Thursday, police in Tangerang arrested Surono, Endi Yunus and Syamsudin — all three are members of the PP — in connection the FBR member’s death.
The three reportedly supplied the machetes used to fatally slash Muhidin, Tangerang Police said.
A mob of approximately 50 men attacked the FBR’s headquarters in Tangerang at 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, police said. Muhidin fought back, but died after being repeatedly cut.
The FBR reportedly staged a series of retaliatory attacks on alleged PP members. Both are hard-line groups.
Hundreds of FBR members reportedly armed with Molotov cocktails and weapons showed up at legislative council member Karnadi’s house. Karnadi, a PP supporter, was able to escape through the home’s front door.
A mob of alleged FBR members also attacked two motorcyclists whose bikes had Pemuda Pancasila stickers on them. The men were in Ciputat, Tangerang, when they were stabbed and beaten.
One man, Sulistyawan, suffered wounds to both of his hands while the other rider, Zaki, was bruised, police said.