Café with hammer and sickle flag raided
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