150 Youths Smash Up Bar With Swords & Sickles For Serving Booze During Ramadan
JAKARTA: Indonesian university students walk pass the locked De Most bar yesterday following a raid by Islamic group Prophet’s Defenders Council on the evening of July 28, 2012. – AFP
Indonesian police said Monday they have arrested 62 people, most of them minors, involved in attacking a bar in south Jakarta for serving alcohol during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
A group of 150 youths — some as young as 13 and carrying swords and golf clubs — raided the De Most bar late Saturday, smashing bottles of alcoholic drinks and damaging the property, said Hermawan, chief detective for South Jakarta police.
“Of the 62 arrested most are minors, and some… were armed with Samurai swords, sickles and golf clubs,” said Hermawan, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.
“They shattered the windows and door and smashed bottles, saying they wanted all bars shut to ensure the month of Ramadan is not tainted,” he added.
Twenty-three people face charges of damaging property while four are additionally charged with carrying sharp weapons.
The group called itself the Prophet’s Defenders Council, Hermawan said.