Detachment 88 and counter-terrorism in Indonesia: The Wire

Detachment 88 and counter-terrorism in Indonesia
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Produced by Melissa Lahoud
Detachment 88 Indonesia
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A division of the Indonesian military has shot dead five terrorism suspects over the weekend, who they’ve accused of plotting to attack a popular bar in Bali. The Australian government supports the Indonesian Detachment 88 to fight terrorism, and this division was involved in the shooting.

A daily Papuan perspective of Australian-funded Detachment 88 from Indonesia's occupation forces (West Papua Media)

But there are many critics who blame Detachment 88 for human rights abuses against civilians and question their quick resort to violence.

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Nick Chesterfield, editor of West Papua Media group
Peter King, convenor of the West Papua Project at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

Please leave a comment. Keep it nice to other users, and remember, no disrepect tolerated. Yell at the killers, not each other; Criticise the abusers deed, not their race or faith.. And please keep it relevant and punchy.

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