TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Central Java Police released a statement confirming that they had apprehended three individuals involved in a protest launched against PT Rayon Utama Makmur (RUM) on February 22. Police alleged that they vandalized the company’s property.
“Three were arrested. They vandalized PT RUM’s facilities. We have the evidence to arrest them,” Adj. Sr. Comm. Nanang Haryanto, the head of the Central Java Police’s Crime and Violence Unit, said on Monday, March 5.
The three protestors with the initials of M, S, and K were apprehended in two separate locations. Both S and K were arrested in the District of Sukoharjo. Meanwhile, M, who is an environmental activist and Surakarta Muhammadiyah University student, was arrested in South Jakarta.
The three were arrested based on by photograph and video footages, as well as witness testimonies. The suspects allegedly violated Article 170 of the Criminal Code on vandalism.
“We are still questioning them. But there is a possibility that other actors were involved in this case,” said Nanang.
Based on Tempo’s observation, several activists from the Student Struggle Center for National Liberation of Semarang and Yogyakarta are still waiting outside of the Central Java Police’s General Criminal Investigation Directorate.