Dozens Arrested in Greater Jakarta's Emergency PPKM Crackdowns

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  • Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus delivers a press conference on the violation of the emergency PPKM of Java-Bali at the Jakarta Police headquarters, Monday, July 5, 2021. TEMPO/Hilman Fathurrahman W

    Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus delivers a press conference on the violation of the emergency PPKM of Java-Bali at the Jakarta Police headquarters, Monday, July 5, 2021. TEMPO/Hilman Fathurrahman W

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaDozens of people were detained in the first three days of the emergency PPKM enforcement in the capital city of Jakarta and its outskirts, the Metro Jaya Police reported on Monday. Most were arrested for exceeding the city’s curfew imposed on bars and cafes. 

    “The Metro Jaya Police handled two cases, the North Jakarta police had one case, the Tangerang City Police reported one case, while the South Jakarta Police reported one case,” said Metro Jaya Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus on July 5. 

    In his presentation, he said the crackdown on North Jakarta’s Kafe Autentik Restaurant and Lounge detained 81 people dominated by foreigners, mostly Nigerians. Yusri said 60 of the detainees were foreign nationals and three had tested positive for COVID-19, plus one of the restaurant’s cashiers. The four were forced to go into isolation in Cilincing, North Jakarta.

    The police also named a number of cafe owners as suspects under the Quarantine Law for enticing people into their businesses amid the emergency PPKM. The suspects face a year's imprisonment and a fine of Rp100 million. 

    The police have also named the supervisor and the EO of 29 Tropical Cafe and Bar in South Jakarta’s Radio Dalam as suspects for violating the public restriction policy. Other areas the police raided included Kalimalang in Bekasi, Gandaria in South Jakarta, and Larangan in Tangerang city. 

    Authorities continue to remind the public that they will not hesitate to detain emergency PPKM violators.

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    M JULNIS FIRMANSYAH