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TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:Hundreds of police officers in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, prevented the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and the Islam Defenders Force (LPI) from raiding night entertainment venues on Saturday, July 28. West Kalimantan (Kalbar) Police chief Brigadier General Unggung Cahyono and Pontianak Police chief Mukarrom Riyadi personally met with the FPI on Jalan Tanjungpura, South Pontianak.
The police heard of the FPI’s plan shortly after tarawih prayers. Hundreds of men garbed in white gathered on Jalan Tanjungpura and some were carrying wooden sticks. However, before they made a move hundreds of police stopped them in their tracks.
"The police are not protecting employers, but neither can we forbid employers from going about their business when they’re not violating government regulations," said grand commissioner (Kombes) Muharrom Riyadi. Muharrom was still wearing his tarawih clothes after the prayers.
The police continued to guard the main streets in Pontianak until dawn on Sunday.
A member of the FPI Kalbar, Afli Herlambang, admitted that initially they wanted to go to several hotels and force them to close. "It's an immoral place. We asked them to shut down during Ramadan. There is no harm if our friends from the LPI lend a helping hand," he said eagerly.
Afli claimed the FPI planned the move because they received reports that many nightclubs were staying open until just before dawn. "We’ve asked the authorities and the government to revoke their licenses," said Afli.
Brig. Gen. Unggung Cahyono said the police would monitor the FPI’s actions and would not hesitate to act decisively if the FPI became violent. "We’re just monitoring. We will only take action if they step out of line," he said. ASEANTY PAHLEVI