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C Java police chief urges students to maintain unity (Saturday, March 6, 2010)

Semarang, C Java, March 6 (ANTARA News) - Central Java Police Chief Inspector General Alex Bambang Riatmodjo here Saturday met with local university student activists in response to the Makassar incident.
At the meeting he called on the Indonesian Islamic Student Association (HMI) activists in Central Java to maintain unity and security of the province.

Riatmodjo told the invited student representatives that the police and students need to keep their good relationships for the sake of the public interest.

"If the students (in Central Java) stage a rally in response to the Makassar incident, I hope it is run peacefully, constructively, and by respecting existing procedures," he said.

Riatmodjo said the police and student activists of various organizations in Central Java have successfully built "intensive and constructive" communications.

This solid relationship was expected to keep going because it was needed to keep Central Java province remain peaceful, he said.

In response to Riatmodjo`s hope, the student representatives pledged to stage their demonstrations peacefully.

Chairman of HMI-Semarang Chapter, Agus Thohir, said he deplored the Makassar incident, arguing that a student movement was an intellectual not anarchic force.

"Therefore what happened in Makassar (South Sulawesi) was not an ideal student movement," he said.

He guaranteed that the HMI-Semarang would not violate laws when staging rallies because he wanted his organization not to be enemies of the people.

"Instead, we want to go along with the people to build the nation for the sake of prosperity for all," he said.

On March 8, the activists of HMI-Semarang Chapter have planned to stage a peaceful rally on the main streets of the province`s capital city.

Tens of HMI-Makassar Chapter`s members got angry after their organizational secretariat building was reportedly attacked by a number of local policemen. The angry students took revenge by storming a local police post.

The Makassar police chief Senior Commissioner Gatta Chairuddin said on Friday that four police officers had been arrested for their alleged involvement in the attack.
The suspects were Kanafi, Elyasar, Sardi and Sutriman. They remained under the police custody, he said.

In Jakarta, Indonesian Police Chief General Bambang Hendarso Danuri had apologized for the Makassar incident, saying the police officers who found guilty would be sanctioned. (*)

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