Police to investigate violence against journalists

The national police chief and the South and West Sulawesi provincial police chiefs had tendered their apologies to the journalists regarding the incident.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The National Police Headquarters will soon investigate its officers allegedly involved in an act of violence against journalists covering an anti-fuel price hike rally in the South Sulawesi provincial capital of Makassar on Thursday.

"Following the request of the leadership, the National Police Headquarters will seriously investigate the case of violence against journalists in Makassar," Head of the National Police Headquarters Public Relations Division Inspector General Ronny Franky Sompie stated here on Friday.

Ronny stated that the national police chief and the South and West Sulawesi provincial police chiefs had tendered their apologies to the journalists regarding the incident.

The police have expressed regret for the incident and have vowed to take action against its officers found guilty of committing irregularities during the rally, he noted.

"We will take stern action against police officers involved in the violent act against journalists," he remarked.

He emphasized that the police will also take strict action against those students who had violated the law and injured the police officers while securing the rally.

The students, who had violated the law, will be punished according to the penal code and brought to justice, he affirmed.

"In principle, the police will take firm action against anybody who violates the law," he added.(*)

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