Jakarta Police Chief Refused Ahok's Offer to Lead Evictions

Damar Iradat    •    Rabu, 26 Aug 2015 17:51 WIB
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Jakarta Police Chief Refused Ahok's Offer to Lead Evictions
Jakarta Police Chief Inspector General Tito Karnavian (Photo: Media Indonesia)

Metrotvnews.com, Jakarta: Jakarta Police Chief Inspector General Tito Karnavian rejected Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama request to lead the eviction. Tito mentioned that the police has no authority to lead relocations.

"Jakarta police has no authority to lead relocations. The police's duty is to assist the government policy programs for the relocation to be conducted well. The measure is not always by violence, repressive, but more to the proactive, such as dialog with the locals," Tito said at the Jakarta Police Headquarters, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Central Jakarta, Wednesday (8/26/2015).

Tito said his party may help in assisting the regional government in relocating the residents. If the policy is positive, police will continue to support. "But the form of support is not by evicting them. We hope the administration starts with the proactive measures. We ask them to sit together," he added.

The police, said Tito, will coordinate with the related local administration regarding the plan to evict residents in Bukit Duri and Bidara Cina. It is so that the police may be more active and maximizing the preventive measures instead of repressive. He took an example of the riot in Kampung Pulo. At the time, the police were only involved when riot broke out.

"We hope Jakarta Police will be involved more in the activities starting from the proactive stages," he stated.

The proactive stage, Tito said, can be initiated through the planning, then how the mechanism of flat preparations, and approach dialogues with the people. It is such that Jakarta police have the technical special units.

"We hope the settlement of Bukit Duri relocation will be more conducive and the potential of violence would be smaller," he deliberated.

Previously, Ahok intended to cooperate with the police to evict several housings on government lands. The police will be placed at the frontline to suppress the people's resistance to avoid clashes. Even Ahok had asked the police to lead the eviction.


(FJR)

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