Saturday, 7 December 2019

Police Arrest 2 for Bringing Firearms at May 22 Rally in Medan

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  • Protesters clash with the police downtown in Thamrin, Jakarta, Indonesia, early May 22, 2019. Television footage on Wednesday showed smoke billowing from behind dozens of protesters who were dancing in the street in the Tanah Abang district of central Jakarta. A separate crowd in front of the election supervisory body threw rocks at police. Antara Foto/Muhammad Adimaja

    Protesters clash with the police downtown in Thamrin, Jakarta, Indonesia, early May 22, 2019. Television footage on Wednesday showed smoke billowing from behind dozens of protesters who were dancing in the street in the Tanah Abang district of central Jakarta. A separate crowd in front of the election supervisory body threw rocks at police. Antara Foto/Muhammad Adimaja

    TEMPO.CO, Medan - The authorities arrested two men trying to provoke the mass of May 22 rally in Medan. The two were caught red-handed bringing sharp weapons and firearms.

    Based on Tempo's observation, the man suddenly came to the demonstration rally in front of the North Sumatra Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) office by riding a blue automatic bike. An officer wearing casual clothing who guarded the rally saw the men had firearms that were inserted into their pants.

    The police immediately apprehended and brought the men and the bike to the police station.

    “Yes, we have arrested [them], they intruded the mass. But the identities have yet to be known," said Medan resort police chief of criminal unit Putu Yudha Prawira at the location on Wednesday, May 22.

    Several people among the mass were nearly provoked by the intruders before their fellows and police officers calm them down.

    The mass started to come to protest the election result in North Sumatra Bawaslu at 13:00 local time. The people, expected to be hundreds of them, have several times clashed with the police officers but the situation was managed to be controlled by the command of the rally leader.

    The mass stayed at the North Sumatra Bawaslu office until the fast-breaking time and took maghrib (dawn) prayers together, and so do the police guarding the location.

    Iil Askar Monza

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