Andi Hajramurni, The Jakarta Post, Makassar
The South Sulawesi Police will deploy 2,200 personnel to secure the 2013 International Anticorruption Day, with students and activists in Makassar to hold a mass rally on Monday.
South Sulawesi Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Endi Sutendi said the personnel would be deployed in several locations where the demonstrations would be held. They included the province’s high prosecutor’s office, legislative council (DPRD) building, and governor office as well as areas under the Makassar flyover and several public facilities.
Endi said the police would both guard and respect the organizing of the day, however, any activities to be held should not disrupt public order.
“Go ahead if you want to stage a rally, but any action should not disrupt public order and affect others, such as closing down public roads, burning used tires, or damaging public facilities,” said Endi, adding that Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel were ready to assist the police in safeguarding the event.
Prior the celebration of International Anticorruption Day, the Anti Corruption Committee (ACC) held a protest in front of the South Sulawesi High Prosecutor’s Office in Makassar, on Sunday.
Abdul Kadir of the ACC said the handling of several corruption cases in South Sulawesi was still pending. These included alleged graft cases centering on the disbursement of social assistance funds (Bansos) worth Rp 8 billion (US$668,784), land clearing for the construction of Celebes Convention Centre worth Rp 3.4 billion and Sudiang sports complex worth Rp 3.2 billion.
“We’re staging the mass rally to express our disappointment and sadness toward law enforcers – police and prosecutors – in this province, who are too slow in completing corruption investigations,” said Kadir. (ebf)