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Police detain 17 for 31 Jan textile factory riot

Republika - February 6, 1997

Bandung – Legal action has been taken against those involved in a riot at PT [Company Limited] Kahatek. "Police have arrested 17 persons," Police Major General Nana Permana, West Java Provincial Police chief, said after a rally by members of the Indonesian Association of Children of Retired Military Personnel.

According to Permana, they are being prosecuted for acts of destruction at PT Kahatek. "Only Article 170 of the Penal Code, which deals with acts of destruction, has been slapped against them," Permana confirmed. Permana said the 17 arrested persons are treated as suspects.

According to Permana, most of the suspects are PT Kahatek workers, but some are not. "Some of them are no longer working for PT Kahatek," he said. Nevertheless, Permana believes that the riot was caused mainly by the factory's internal affairs.

"It is ridiculous. The nonworkers confessed that they committed acts of destruction due to their dissatisfaction with PT Kahatek. They even took BK pills [a kind of amphetamine] before committing the acts," Permana stressed. Thus, Permana attributed the riot to cumulative problems in the factory. "There have been no indications that anyone "exploited" the riot. Anyway, let's wait for the prosecution," he said. [passage omitted]