The Straits Times
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Published on Jul 30, 2012
 

Indonesian police arrest 62 over Ramadan bar attack

 
 

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesian police said on Monday they had 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 on 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.