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Riots in Kledung Temanggung; cars burnt, police post destroyed

Suara Merdeka - February 14, 1997

Temanggung – Over 2.5 hours security forces with help from social figures tried to calm down a riot in the Kledung village in Parakan on Wednesday and Thursday. Three people were wounded, a car set ablaze and a police post destroyed. Traffic between Temanggung and Wonosobo was halted by the authorities for 3.5 hours.

The rioting apparently began when 29 year old Slamet, from Kledung, was involved in an incident with youths from another village. When he called for help, scores of Kledung youths went looking for him. The crowd then turned on two local officials at a police post [reason is not made clear - JB] and began pelting the post with rocks. One of the official's cars was set alight.

[Abridged translation from Suara Merdeka. A February 14 article in Bisnis reported that Slamet (an NU member) was forcibly abducted by two government officials accompanied by a large number of other people. The police post came under attack when they sought safety in the post - JB]