Kalimantan: Six migrants escape detention centre

28 Oct – Six inmates held in the Lamaru immigration detention center in East Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, escaped from the facility on Friday morning.

The inmates are illegal immigrants from Afghanistan, identified as Reza Panahi, Morteza Haidar, Arif Feroghi, Muhammad Hadi Haidari, Mohamad Jawad Esani and Ali Agha Hamzah.

The six reportedly tied together bedsheets to use as a rope to climb the six-meter-high wall, and climbed over the barbed wire.

Nia Viranita, a detention center official, conceded that security at the complex was quite relaxed as its inmates were not criminal suspects.

“We only deploy one guard to supervise hundreds of inmates inside the center and another assigned at the front gate,” Nia said as quoted by Tribun Kaltim.

The 140-capacity center currently houses 194 inmates, all male.

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Uber drivers strike in Indonesia

Mass meeting of striking Uber drivers in Jakarta (image via PPAS Jakarta)

23 Aug 2017 – Hundreds of Uber drivers have been on strike in Indonesia in a dispute over what they describe as “modern slavery” practices by the firm.

Around 200 drivers rallied in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Sunday. There were solidarity actions in other cities including Bogor and Surabaya, while drivers far from the management offices turned off their apps in solidarity.

Following on from two protests in May, Sunday’s stop-work protests were the third day of actions in an ongoing dispute over pay and conditions.

The drivers have organised themselves into the KUMAN drivers collective, which has received support in building their organisation from the anarcho-syndicalist PPAS, as well as legal advice from LBH Jakarta.

The drivers believe they face the same main grievances that have led to protest action in cities from New York to Melbourne and in Lagos: Uber unilaterally determining basic pay rates and the lack of clarity of the drivers’ employment status.

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Pekanbaru: 200 prisoners at large after Indonesian mass jailbreak

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Prison buildings seen through a broken window at Sialang Bungkuk prison in Pekanbaru, Riau province.

 7 May – Indonesian authorities have said about 200 inmates remain at large two days after a mass escape from an overcrowded prison on Sumatra island.

The breakout at Sialang Bungkuk prison in Pekanbaru on Friday occurred when prisoners were let out of their cells to perform prayers. They broke through a prison door, overwhelming the few guards on duty.

Police said 242 men had been recaptured by Sunday morning, leaving about 200 still at large.

Authorities were initially uncertain how many prisoners had escaped, estimating the numbers at between 100 and 300.

Police said some of the men surrendered or were returned by their families and others were captured by local residents, police and soldiers.

Various officials have said the prisoners were angry about poor conditions and treatment. The prison has a capacity of about 360 but was holding more than 1,870 men, according to a local police spokesman, Guntur Aryo Tejo.

Tejo said four of the escaped inmates were apprehended by police late on Friday about 60 miles from the prison, on a bus heading for West Sumatra province.

Hundreds of police and soldiers have been deployed in the hunt for the prisoners.

Jailbreaks are common in Indonesia, where overcrowding has become a significant problem in prisons that are struggling to cope with poor funding and an influx of people arrested under a “war on drugs”.

Friday’s escape was the biggest since July 2013 when about 240 prisoners, escaped after a deadly riot at a prison in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province.

Jakata: Police Officers Injured as Inmates Take Control of Gorontalo Prison

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2 June – Rioting inmates temporarily took control of the Gorontalo Prison in Gorontalo, Sulawesi, after attacking prison officials and police officers and inciting a melee that lasted from Tuesday night to the early hours of Wednesday (01/06). Two police officers were injured during the incident.

Gorontalo Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Bagus Santoso told Detik.com the trigger for the incident was an altercation between police officer 2nd Brig. Kurniawan Noho and an inmate, Edy Sukamidin, which happened when the latter refused to attend a court hearing for an assault case on Tuesday afternoon.

Other inmates helped Edy fight the police officer. Shortly after, Kurniawan was rushed to the hospital with severe wounds in his thigh and calf after being stabbed repeatedly.

The incident caused a riot which lasted throughout the night and well into the early hours of Wednesday. The inmates managed to take control the prison just before dawn after a series of clashes with security officers.

Prison officials and police officers were evacuated from the scene for safety reasons.

Another police officer was also injured after prisoners pelted rocks and shot makeshift arrows at police officers taking guard outside the prison.

Police finally managed to subdue the rioters on Wednesday morning. “We have taken back control of the prison,” police spokesman Bagus said.

Bagus said police are searching the prison for sharp weapons to prevent more clashes, meanwhile Edy the provocateur will soon be moved to the North Sulawesi Police’s detention facility.

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Indonesia: Riot Breaks Out at Bandung Prison After Inmate’s Suicide

23 April – The alleged suicide of an inmate at a prison in Bandung, West Java, sparked a riot early on Saturday morning (23/04), after fellow inmates mistakenly concluded that he had been murdered, local media reports.

Part of the Banceuy Narcotics Prison was set alight during the riot, causing extensive damage to the front of the facility. Two cars and two motorcycles were also destroyed in the blaze, before the arrival of three fire trucks.

At least five of the nearly 600 police officers deployed at the prison were injured when inmates threw stones at them, before reportedly setting fire to the building.

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Indonesia: Police Shoot Locals During Anti-Mining Riot in East Java

25 Nov – Anti-mining protestors have been hospitalized in Sumberagung Village, Banyuwangi in East Java after police opened fire on a riot protesting the presence of Bumi Sukesindo mining operations in the area.

Rioting began Wednesday afternoon after a meeting between locals and Bumi Sukesindo, the Banyuwangi District Sector Office and representatives of the local government at a hotel. After a brief stalemate rioting resumed around 8:00 p.m. until the early hours of Thursday morning.

“We’ve had enough. We just want the gold mining company closed,” RD, a local who refused to give his name, told tempo.co on Thursday morning. RD did not clarify what has prompted the change of heart among the community to the company which has been operating in the area since 2007.

“It was like a war,” Achmad, a local, said on Thursday.

Hundreds of Banyuwangi police officers were deployed to calm the rioting. Officers opened fire on the protestors after part of the crowd began setting houses alight and destroying motorcycles owned by Bumi Sukesindo.

Locals reported five people were injured by police fire, although police maintain only two were harmed.

“From what the officers have told me, there are only two locals [hurt by the shots], but I am still checking the real situation at the scene,” Adj. Sr. Comr. Bastoni Purnama said.

“There were only 400 officers deployed in the riots, completely outnumbered by the mass — thousands of them,” he said.

He also claimed that police “had no choice” but to use guns as the company’s assets, due to Bumi Sukesindo’s status as a legal mining company, are considered local assets and must be protected.

All injured protestors, including three allegedly assaulted by police, are receiving medical treatment

Indonesia: Vandals attack Go-Jek office as discontent simmers inside and out

2 Nov – On Sunday, at around 10:35 local time, two men on a motorcycle drove up in front of one of Go-Jek’s offices in South Jakarta and shattered a window by throwing an object, or by firing a shot at the building. The office was empty at the time. No one was hurt, and the two suspects were able to escape.

In case you don’t live in Indonesia, Go-Jek is an on-demand “Uber for motorcycles” app that lets users book rides and other services like food delivery and parcel transport at the click of a button.

Go-Jek was not available for comment, though the firm did publish a note on its Facebook page about the incident.

We would like to assure you that the incident is being handled by the responsible authorities and that all of Go-Jek’s facilities are equipped with CCTV cameras […] No one was hurt in the incident […] We have not found bullets at the location, only a part of a screw driver which is thought to have been used by the suspect.

Before the CCTV footage became available, the items collected at the scene led police to assume that the weapon used was homemade, and that the tip of the screwdriver was used as the projectile. The suspects fired only a single shot, police concluded. CCTV footage obtained by the police later seems to suggest the projectile was not fired at all, but hurled at the window by hand.

Go-Jek and similar motorcycle services have become popular in Indonesia’s capital, leading them to recruit thousands of new drivers throughout the year. However, some groups of informal motorcycle taxi drivers (called ojek) have not reacted well to the emergence of app-based services. Ojeks have traditionally been the ones to perform these kinds of jobs, without being part of a regulated system. Many of these informal service providers see companies like Go-Jek as a threat to their income and livelihoods.

Past clashes now lead many to speculate that the simmering conflict between informal ojek drivers and Go-Jek might be the cause for this act of vandalism.

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