– Ambulances and a Dompet Dhuafa medical team were
victims of an attack by the police during riots in the Sarinah area, Central
Jakarta, at 00:15 a.m. WIB, Thursday, May 23, 2019.
Imam Rulyawan, Managing Director of Dompet
Dhuafa Philanthropy, confirmed the incident. In his official statement, Imam
said that the repressive action occurred on Thursday (5/23/2019) at 00:15 a.m.
WIB around Jalan Abdul Muis, Central Jakarta. As a result, three members were
hurt and two Dompet Dhuafa vehicles were damaged.
“It is true that there have been
repressive actions by police officers against a Dompet Dhuafa medical team on
Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 00.15 in the morning which resulted in three medical
team members being rushed to RSPAD and the destruction of our two
vehicles,” the Imam said in a written statement Thursday (23/5/2019).
Imam regretted the repressive actions of
the police which he considered to be excessive. Moreover, it was carried out on
medical teams and humanitarian volunteers who helped various parties during the
demonstrations on May 22, 2019.
Imam claimed that Dompet Dhuafa had no
political aims or partiality in their involvement during the demonstrations.
“As a humanitarian institution, Dompet
Dhuafa fielded a medical team on the basis of humanity and upheld the principle
of impartiality,” said Imam.
He asked the police and TNI to provide the
widest possible access and protection for the humanitarian team and the medical
team. According to him it is regulated in the 1949 Geneva Convention article
11, 24-27, and 37 concerning the protection of health workers.
The head of the Police Public Relations
Division, Inspector General of Police M. Iqbal said, the incident was a risk in
the midst of a riot situation. When the police were in control of the
situation, someone was hit and things were damaged.
Iqbal explained, it wasn’t only Dompet
Dhuafa, but there were also motorbikes which were burned and damaged.
Therefore, the police will conduct periodic investigations.
“We are in control of the situation;
the risk is sometimes people get hit and sometimes it things gets damaged. My
friend, his motorcycle was burned, in principle, if it is proven, we will carry
out periodic investigations,” Iqbal said at the Coordinating Minister for
Politics, Thursday, 23 May, 2019. ” “Indeed, in this situation,
friends also have to keep their distance, so that other groups keep their
distance. For example, if you dare to enter the place of riots,” he said.
Metro Jaya Police Public Relations Chief
Police Commissioner Argo Yuwono added that he would carry out an investigation
on the alleged police officers who caused the Dompet Dhuafa medical officers to
be injured and hospitalized. “We will investigate what the truth of the
matter is first later,” said Argo.
Massive demonstrations took place in
Jakarta on May 21-22 2019. Masses took to the streets after they refused to
accept what they believed to be fraudulent election results. Especially, when at
the same time, more than 600 KPPS officers, Supervisory Committee and Police
had died during the election. (dsy)