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Workers demand Tangerang Police sack officer who hit female protester

Jakarta Post - April 10, 2017

Jakarta The Independent Laborers Union Confederation (GSBI) held a demonstration on Monday in front of the Jakarta Police headquarters in South Jakarta to demand the dismissal of Adj. Sr. Comr. Danu Wiyata, Tangerang Police's chief of intelligence and security agency, who is alleged to have assaulted a female factory worker.

As seen in a video that went viral, Danu apparently slapped a female factory worker during a confrontation as the police attempted to disperse protesters who were holding a rally during a car-free day event on Sunday in Tangerang, Banten.

"We condemn the act of violence by the Tangerang Police who also forcibly dispersed a peaceful rally by Tangerang workers," said coordinator of the demonstration, Rudi HB Daman, in a statement made available to The Jakarta Post.

According to a protester who preferred to remain anonymous, several representatives of the protesters later met with an investigator from the police's internal affairs division (Propam).

Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said on Monday that the police would not attempt to cover up any violation committed by police officers.

"We will not dismiss any mistakes made by officers. This [incident] should teach us to refrain from being emotional and remain calm," he said.(dea/dan)

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/04/10/workers-demand-tangerang-police-sack-officer-who-hit-female-protester.html.

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