TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Amnesty International deemed the Indonesian police force has abused its authority in suppressing the massive student rally at the House of Representatives (DPR) headquarters.
They deemed that police have failed to learn from the May 21-22 incident where police’s protest-suppression strategy caused numerous victims to fall.
“Police failed to learn from their past experience in the May 21-22 demonstration where many of their members committed acts of violence. This seems to have repeated in yesterday’s demonstration,” said Amnesty International Indonesia spokesman Haeril Halim on Thursday.
Their statement follows numerous amateur videos spread across the internet showing multiple instances of police brutality.
Haeril said that Amnesty International Indonesia highly urges the National Police (Polri) to hold its members accountable and conduct investigations upon alleged police brutality cases.
He also regretted that police personnel found guilty in the May 21-22 incident were not handed criminal charges.