Kampung Pulo Eviction Turns into Riot

Wanda Indana    •    Kamis, 20 Aug 2015 12:26 WIB
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Kampung Pulo Eviction Turns into Riot
Chaos in the eviction of resident of Kampung Pulo, Jatinegara, East Jakarta, August 20, 2015. (Photo: Antara Foto / Wahyu Putro A)

Metrotvnews.com, Jakarta: The eviction in Kampung Pulo, Jatinegara, East Jakarta, was faced with rejection from local residents. The condition turned chaotic when officials and resident started to push each other.

As many as 2,100 joint personnel from the military, police and public security were deployed to secure the eviction. Several residents conducted a demonstration to reject the eviction.

Hundreds of residents were seen carrying banners and Indonesian flag to voice their rejection.

"Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!," shouted the residents at the eviction location, Thursday (8/20/2015).

One of the locals openly asked for allowance money before they're evicted. "We ask to be paid, then we move," said an anonymous resident when negotiating with the police.

The negotiation had caused a traffic jam from Otista Raya Street to Jatinegara Barat. The cause was that the rejection act was witnessed by dozens of passer by, causing the traffic police to have their hands on managing the traffic.

The rejection act turned into pushing. Residents and civil security personnel were facing against each other, while Jakarta Provincial Government's heavy machinery was working to dismantling the houses.

The condition heated up when several stones flying, as the mass began to be out of control.

The police standing by had to shoot tear gas to disperse the crowd.