Indonesia: prisoners riot after guard violence

December 15 (via libcom) Hundreds of inmates at the Palopo penitentiary in South Sulawesi attacked officers and set fire to parts of the building on Saturday after the prison’s chief reportedly hit a convict.

Akbar Hadi, a spokesman for the corrections directorate general of the Justice and Human Rights Ministry, said that the riot began when the penitentiary head caught a prisoner outside of his prison cell.

“An inmate was recently reprimanded by the head of the penitentiary,” Akbar said as quoted by Indonesian news portal Viva.co.id. “[Prison chief Tri Pamudji] said, ‘why are you outside?’” According to the Jawa Pos, Tri slapped the inmate, identified as Riki, at 9 a.m. Feeling that such an action was unwarranted, Riki hit the officer back. “When [Tri] was unguarded, the inmate hit him from behind,” Akbar added. The back of Tri’s head was cut open after the ordeal, and he was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital.

Around an hour after the confrontation, other inmates proceeded to attack on-duty officers and burn parts of the penitentiary, Akbar said. Continue reading “Indonesia: prisoners riot after guard violence”

Surfers Paradise: Police station attacked, police injured

31 December: It was rubberneckers who caused the most problems for officers when a group of men surrounded a Gold Coast police station and pelted it with projectiles early Tuesday morning.

Police said the violence broke out after two men were arrested for fighting in Orchid Avenue early Tuesday morning, no more than 30 metres from the Surfers Paradise police station.

The arresting officers said they were followed back to the station on Orchid Avenue by a large group of men, who they described as ‘‘verbally abusive and extremely aggressive’’. Inspector Tracy Dale said the crowd gathered outside the station and began throwing cans and other projectiles at the officers. One person threw a shoe towards the station.

‘‘The police, from an officer safety perspective, then withdrew and gathered at the police station and awaited assistance from further units,’’ Inspector Dale told ABC News. Officers guarded the doors to the station until reinforcements arrived. Continue reading “Surfers Paradise: Police station attacked, police injured”

Christchurch: Riot police pelted as party blows up

2 January: Police in full riot gear were pelted with bottles as they tried to break up a new year party in Christchurch, while in Wellington 52 people were arrested on a night when police said people were generally well behaved.

Police were called to the out-of-control party in Spreydon after about 200 partygoers broke almost every window in the house and broke doors.

Eleven police in full riot gear had glass bottles thrown at them as they tried to bring the riot under control. Two people were arrested for disorderly assembly. Continue reading “Christchurch: Riot police pelted as party blows up”