Rule by Mob, Rule by Thieves: What Happened in Bima?
Warscapes, the international magazine of literature, art and politics, continues its month-long Indonesia retrospective with multimedia reportage from Philip Jacobson, a Jakarta-based journalist who works for the Globe.
Jacobson traveled to Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, to cover a mining dispute that reached a deadly apex last Christmas Eve, when police opened fire into protesters at Sape port. The report includes a short photo essay, videos compiled from cell phone footage, and text.
The incident crested a wave of populist conflict in Indonesia and fed a national debate about rule of law. Some saw a country succumbing to “mob rule.” For others, it was an entrenched kleptocracy driving ordinary people to desperation.
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