US Fast Food Outlets Vandalized in Makassar Protest
Makassar. Students protesting against the film “Innocence of Muslims” on Monday targeted several outlets of American fast food franchises in the South Sulawesi capital of Makassar, such as KFC, McDonald’s and Pizza Hut.
The protests, held by dozens of members of the Gowa Raya Indonesian Muslim Student Association, began with tire burning actions at the Pettarani-Sultan Alauddin intersection.
But shortly after noon, the protesters began marching and first targeted a McDonald’s outlet, where they displayed a banner in front of the entrance demanding the restaurant close down for one week.
They also sprayed graffiti with messages against the United States and President Barack Obama on the walls of the restaurant located along Jalan Sultan Alauddin.
The protesters then marched to a nearby KFC outlet, just some 200 meters away, and repeated the same actions. They then continued on to a Pizza Hut outlet some 50 meters away, damaging part of the fence, before police intervened and disbanded them.
But when the protestors passed the KFC outlet and saw that it was still open, some of them began to pelt the venue with rocks, breaking the glass door as well as some of the glass wall panels.
Comr. Ahmad Maryadi, head of the Rappocini subdistrict police, said they already have the identities of the students who engaged in the vandalism.
“We will summon them for questioning soon,” Ahmad said, adding that vandalism carries a maximum sentence of seven years in jail.