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Workers, locals attack 'slave' factory

The Jakarta Post, Tangerang

In response to the enslaving of workers at a kitchen utensils factory in Sepatan Timur, Tangerang, workers and local residents ran amok and damaged the factory's facilities on Monday.

The workers, grouped under Benteng Leather, Garment and Textile Workers Association (SPTSK) and the All-Indonesia Workers Union (SPSI), damaged tools and ruined the building’s fence.

The mob later damaged a house belonging to Juki Irawan, the factory’s owner before targeting the home of Mursan, the village head who is a relative of the factory owner.

They also held a motorcycle convoy to Lebak Wangi village administration office in search for Mursan, who was out of the office and so they continued to his residence.

Sepatan Police officers defused the situation, but not before the mob had started pelting stones at the house. The officers evacuated four of Mursan’s children and a housemaid.

Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Affan Rikhwanto said that Sepatan and Tangerang regency police were less responsive to the "slavery" case allegedly involving a TNI (Indonesian Military) and Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officers from Serang.

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