The New York Times Heavily Criticized the Indonesian Police's Actions in Kanjuruhan, Highlights Their Impunity

- 06 October 2022 13:28 WIB
Tear gas fired at the Kanjuruhan Stadium riots. (Photo/Instagram @Akmalhiri)
Tear gas fired at the Kanjuruhan Stadium riots. (Photo/Instagram @Akmalhiri)

JAKARTADAILY.ID – American Media The New York Times heavily criticized the Indonesian police force for their actions in the Kanjuruhan Tragedy that happened in Malang on October 1, 2022.

"For years, tens of thousands of Indonesians have faced off against a police force that many say is corrupt, uses brute force to suppress crowds, and is accountable to no one," wrote Sui-Lee Wee in the article.

The article calls out the brutal methods used by the police at the Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang after a football match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya. 

Also read: 127 People Died in Riot after a Derby Match Between Arema FC and Persebaya at Kanjuruhan Stadium Malang

"The world caught a glimpse of those tactics on Saturday, when riot officers in the city of Malang beat soccer fans with sticks and shields and, without warning, sprayed tear gas at tens of thousands of spectators crowded in a stadium.

The police force’s methods set off a stampede that culminated in the deaths of 125 people — one of the worst disasters in the history of the sport," the article writes.

The New York Times says the Indonesian Police lack training in pressing situations.

"The Indonesian police are highly militarized, poorly trained in crowd control, and in almost all cases, never held accountable for missteps,” the article continued.

The public also scrutinized the violence carried out by security officers during the riots, not only by the tear gas being fired at the stadium stand but also by the series of physical violence toward the supporters on the field.

Also read: National Police to Conduct Audit on SOPs of Security Personnel at Kanjuruhan Stadium

According to East Java Police Chief Inspector General Nico Afinta, the match at Kanjuruhan Stadium actually went smoothly.

But things take a different turn when a number of disappointed Arema FC supporters are trying to talk to players and officials by trespassing onto the field.

Nico explained that the majority of the mortality occurred during the mass congestion during the riots.

"There was a mass pile-up of the mob inside the stadium that lead to mass suffocation" Nico Afinta on Sunday, October 2, 2022.

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