Protests across Indonesia against police brutality

December 26: There were protests in parts of Indonesia against police following the murder of anti-mining demonstrators in Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, on December 24.

In Makassar, South Sulawesi, more than 300 people took to the streets. They destroyed three police posts, pelted police and attacked symbols of capitalism such as banks, and the symbols of the political elite and the political advertising such as billboards. A 23-year-old student was arrested. Two others had been arrested by police intelligence, but the arrest was forcibly prevented by dozens of other protesters.

Similar protests took place in Medan, North Sumatra, where demonstrators condemned what they perceived as the National Police protecting the interests of the business community.

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