Military, public order officers assault vendor

Military, public order officers assault vendor

INDONESIA - A street vendor, Hari Gunawan, 28, has allegedly been assaulted by Satpol PP (Public Order Agency) officers and military officers at the Bandung municipality complex.

Accompanied by his friends, Hari reported the assault to the police on Tuesday after undergoing a medical examination for injuries sustained during the alleged beating.

Hari said that his merchandise was confiscated during a raid on Jl. Merdeka on Saturday, and that he was loaded onto a truck and taken to the municipality complex.

In the complex, Hari said he was first beaten by several Satpol PP officers. When he requested the return of his merchandise, he was allegedly beaten a second time by military officers.

Bandung Public Order Agency head Tedi Wirakusumah admitted that his officers routinely confiscated goods sold by vendors who set up operations in prohibited areas like Jl. Merdeka.

"But if there [are accusations of] assault, let the police investigate them," Tedi said.

Meanwhile, activists from the Civil Society Alliance Against Violence decried the alleged assault, and said that Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil should be held responsible.

"We urge the municipality to resolve the matter without [the use of] violence," alliance spokesman Dadan Ramdansaid said.

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