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Polri Seize Firearms Meant to be Used at May 22 Protest

Polri Seize Firearms Meant to be Used at May 22 Protest (polisi)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia National Police (Polri) have confiscated a number of firearms that certain groups were planning on using during the demonstration on May 22, 2019.

Among these firearms is a unit of M4 type assault weapon, one pistol unit, and one revolver unit.

The weapons were shown by Polri Chief Police General Tito Karnavian during a press conference at the Office of the Coordinating Ministry for Politics, Law and Security at Jalan Merdeka Barat, Jakarta, Wednesday (05/22/2019).

The press conference was attended by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto, TNI Commander Marshal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto, and Minister of Communication and Information Rudiantara

While lifting the M4 weapon, Tito also showed the US-made rifle silencer.

"It is given a damper so that the sound is not heard," he confirmed.

The rifle was also designed to be fitted with a telescope so that it could be a sniper weapon, he said.

Tito said that the weapons would be used to shoot at the masses who would demonstrate on May 22, 2019 with the aim that it was as if carried out by police officers so as to cause public anger.

In addition, Tito also mentioned that Polri had also arrested three people found carrying a glock type pistol, a revolver and 12 boxes of bullets.

The two firearms, said Tito, will also be used to shoot the mass of the May 22 action in order to make it appear as if it were carried out by the authorities.