Indonesia: Arbitrary and excessive use of force and firearms in North Sumatra

Indonesia: Arbitrary and excessive use of force and firearms in North Sumatra

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Index Number: ASA 21/026/2011
Date Published: 1 August 2011
Categories: Indonesia

On 27 June 2011 security forces in North Sumatra province reportedly used arbitrary and excessive force and firearms in an attempt to forcibly evict a community in Langkat district. Police fired tear gas at the protesters and then both live and rubber bullets, injuring at least nine people. To Amnesty International’s knowledge there has been no investigation into the incident. In this document the organization calls for an immediate investigation into the incident and for a thorough review of police tactics and use of weapons during public order policing.


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