Jakarta – Authorities in the Central Java capital Semarang have deployed the Army to crack down on sales of alcohol, seizing more than a hundred bottles of liquor and beer and 77 liters of moonshine.
The raids on a series of stores were conducted on Wednesday by the local public order agency, or Satpol PP, working with the police and soldiers from the provincial military command.
Aris Muji Widodo, a Satpol PP official, said the store owners had violated local ordinances on alcohol sales, but did not say whether they faced fines or criminal charges.
He added the raids were carried out as part of a public order campaign ahead of elections on Dec. 9. Authorities say they will destroy the seized liquor.