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Asian Games: Indonesia police kill dozens in criminal crackdown

BBC     18th August, 2018 08:24:01 printer

Asian Games: Indonesia police kill dozens in criminal crackdown

 

Indonesian police have fatally shot dozens of "petty criminals" in the lead up the 2018 Asian Games, rights group Amnesty International says.

 

The group condemned the deaths, calling for an investigation into the "shoot first and ask questions later policy".

 

At least 77 people have reportedly been shot dead since January, Amnesty said, with 31 deaths in police raids meant to clean up host cities for the Games.

 

Authorities have said that people were shot after resisting the police.

 

The raids began in July with high-ranking officials telling their officers "don't hesitate to take firm action", the BBC's Indonesian service reported.

 

The two-week-long Asian Games, which starts on Saturday, will take place in the capital Jakarta and the South Sumatran city of Palembang.

 

Authorities are deploying 100,000 police and soldiers for the 18th annual event, which will see some 17,000 athletes compete between 18 August and 2 September in the largest multi-sporting event outside of the Olympics.

 

The killings peaked in the first half of July, when 11 people were shot dead in greater Jakarta and 41 others shot in the legs.

 

The total number of those killed and accused of petty crimes in 2018 represents a 64% increase on the same period in 2017.

 

Thousands of people have been arrested and hundreds detained in an effort to ensure the safety of visiting tourists, according National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian.


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