Residents resist eviction, clash with police in Indonesia

Residents of Kampung Pulo in Jakarta clash with security forces after Jakarta administration attempt to enforce evictions of those living in illegal dwellings along banks of Ciliwung River

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

An injured resident of Kampung Pulo is being carried by police officers during clashes over eviction in Jakarta, Indoneisa

Residents squatting in a flood-prone part of Indonesia's capital of Jakarta faced eviction from their homes on Thursday.

Indonesian security forces clash with protesters and fire tear gas and water cannon.

Land and resource conflicts are common in Indonesia. Generally, overlapping permits and a legacy of unclear land titles are the causes of the disputes which are frequently resulting in violence.

According to police,  at least two police officers and three residents were injured in the clashes,  adding there were 27 arrests.

Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, The Chineese Governor of Jakarta, aims to remove squatters and demolish housing along the banks of Jakarta's Ciliwung River in Kampung Pulo, which frequently floods during the monsoon season. The recent conflict centres around efforts by Purnama.

The government hoped to relocate residents from some 546 dwellings in Kampung Pulo. But many of them had asked for compensation instead of the alternative housing on offer, according to Jakarta Police chief Tito Karnavian.

TRTWorld and agencies