Café with ham­mer and sickle flag raided

The Jakarta Post - - CITY -

JAKARTA: Mil­i­tary per­son­nel have con­fis­cated a flag bear­ing the ham­mer and sickle logo, the sym­bol of com­mu­nism, from a café in South Jakarta.

Nearby res­i­dents re­ported the flag to the au­thor­i­ties, South Jakarta 0504 Mil­i­tary District com­man­der Let. Col. Inf. Ade Rony Wi­jaya said on Fri­day.

“We took the flag away on Thurs­day. The logo was small and placed in red fab­ric,” Ade said as quoted by kom­pas.com.

The mil­i­tary co­op­er­ated with Pub­lic Or­der Agency per­son­nel, the head of the neigh­bor­hood unit (RT) and some mem­bers of lo­cal youth or­ga­ni­za­tion Karang Taruna in the raid on the Garasi 66 cafe on Jl. Pangeran An­tasari.

The flag was found in a win­dow in the room of the café’s owner, Bur­dani, who is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by mil­i­tary of­fi­cers.

“We see no spe­cific in­tent. Bur­dani trav­els a lot to many coun­tries. He thought it was the flag of China,” Ade said. Bur­dani was re­leased af­ter his iden­tity was recorded by of­fi­cers. The is­sue of a com­mu­nist re­vival in the coun­try is in the spot­light once more.

Hun­dreds of anti-com­mu­nists be­sieged the of­fice of the Foun­da­tion of the In­done­sian Le­gal Aid In­sti­tute (YLBHI) on Sept. 17, ac­cus­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion of putting on a gath­er­ing as­so­ci­ated with the now-de­funct In­done­sian Com­mu­nist Party. — JP

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