In­done­sia po­lice tear gas slums fight­ing evic­tion

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

In­done­sian po­lice fired tear gas at a crowd hurl­ing stones and Molo­tov cock­tails in the cap­i­tal Jakarta Thurs­day, as se­cu­rity forces moved in to evict peo­ple from a slum and de­mol­ish their houses.

Twelve peo­ple were in­jured and 27 ar­rested dur­ing the vi­o­lent clashes in Kam­pung Pulo, a densely pop­u­lated area on the banks of a river, which also saw an ex­ca­va­tor set on fire.

Hun­dreds of res­i­dents were re­sist­ing ef­forts by po­lice in riot gear to evict them from their homes in an area that suf­fers se­ri­ous flood­ing ev­ery year dur­ing the rainy sea­son, and move them to newer apart­ment blocks.

“These peo­ple de­manded to be com­pen­sated but we did not give it to them,” Kukuh Hadi San­toso, Jakarta’s chief public or­der of­fi­cer, told AFP.

He said they did not have cer­tifi­cates prov­ing own­er­ship of their homes, so author­i­ties would not com­pen­sate them. Public or­der of­fi­cers, who as­sist po­lice in main­tain­ing peace but have fewer pow­ers, were called in to help in the op­er­a­tion.

Dis­putes over land oc­cur fre­quently in In­done­sia when author­i­ties or busi­nesses seek to clear ar­eas for new projects.

Own­er­ship is of­ten un­clear in the ar­chi­pel­ago where land is some­times passed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion with­out any doc­u­men­ta­tion to prove who is the owner.

San­toso said 972 houses would be knocked down as the area is fre­quently hit by floods and that he hoped the de­mo­li­tion would be com­plete by the end of Fri­day.

Calm had re­turned to the area in the af­ter­noon but some po­lice of­fi­cers were still stand­ing guard.

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