Could you imagine headlines that read ‘Crims demand dissolution of crime squad’, drug dealers demand dissolution of drug squad? No? Well, try this: Islamic terrorists demand dissolution of anti-terror squad.
Anti-terror backlash: Activists of Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid and the Islamic Community Forum (FUI) rally outside the National Police Headquarters on Friday to demand dissolution of the counterterrorism squad. The rally diverted journalists’ attention from the much-anticipated arrival of celebrities Ariel Peterpan and Luna Maya for questioning. – JP/Jerry Adiguna
About 200 activists of Islamic groups rallied outside the National Police Headquarters in South Jakarta on Friday, demanding dissolution of the counterterrorism squad.
The protesters from the Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid and the Islamic Community Forum (FUI) said the anti-terror squad, better known as Densus 88, had often killed innocent people in their crackdown on terrorist suspects.
“For example, a dead body they call as a terrorist suspect has remained unidentified until today. This proves that the Densus 88 tends to shoot at anybody they don’t like without sufficient evidence. They are more barbaric than infidels,” a protester said.
He was referring to one of three terrorist suspects who were shot dead in Cawang by the anti-terror squad last month. So far the police have yet to unveil the dead man.
The activists said international aid that went to the squad constituted foreign intervention in the country.
In response to the rally, National Police deputy spokesman Brig. Gen. Zainuri Lubis said the police had never caught suspects without evidence. “All the raids were legitimate,” he said.
The protesters dispersed peacefully at 4 p.m.