- Title: INDONESIA: A MAN HAS BEEN HACKED TO DEATH DURING AN ETHNIC FEUD
- Date: 25th October 2000
- Summary: PONTIANAK, INDONESIA (OCTOBER 25, 2000) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. SEQUENCE OF MADURESE MAN BEING ATTACKED BY MOB WHILE SEEKING REFUGE AT POLICE POST 0.39 2. SV POLICE PUSHING BACK MALAYS ARMED WITH MACHETES AND SWORDS 0.48 3. SV MAN BEING ATTACKED BY MOB (4 SHOTS) 1.36 4. SV MAN BEING ATTACKED/POLICE SHOOTING 2.11 5. SLV MAN BEING DRIVEN AWAY IN POLICE VAN 2.31 4. SLV SCUFFLES 2.47 5. CU MAN WITH HEADSCARF 2.49 6. SV MALAY MAN ARMED WITH BOW AND ARROWS 3.23 7. SV WOUNDED MAN EVACUATED BY POLICE 3.31 8. SV POLICE SHOOTING 3.39 9. SLV/SV (NIGHT SHOTS) MARKET STALLS DESTROYED, RESIDENTS BURNING STALLS (5 SHOTS) 4.20 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 9th November 2000 12:00
- Location: PONTIANAK, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Reuters ID: LVABMU7FBBVXCDCNH14ZJHZMGURM
- Story Text: A man has been hacked to death during an ethnic feud
between local Malays and migrants in the western part of
The unidentified Madurese man had fled from an angry
crowd in the West Kalimantan capital of Pontianak and sought
refuge in a police post on Wednesday (October 25).
But although several policemen brandished guns
and some gestured at the mob to keep them back, men armed with
machetes broke in several times and hacked at the man.
Severely wounded in the head and torso, he tried
to protect himself from his attackers by standing on a table
in the corner of the police post.
One assailant chased him back into the street,
where he was attacked again with machetes.
Police finally fired blanks at the mob and took
the man to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries.
Police restored some order by nightfall after the
violence between the locals and migrants from the island of
Madura, off Java.
The situation remained tense through the night
with mobs from both sides roaming the city, attacking
passers-by and setting roadside stalls on fire.
For most of the day, police stood between the two
groups, who were wielding machetes, swords, sickles and
homemade spears and were often just metres (yards) apart.
Pontianak city is mainly Malay, but is ringed by
refugee camps where thousands of Madurese are still sheltering
after ethnic tension boiled over into bloodshed last year.
The confrontation began after a minor accident in
which a bus driven by a Madurese clipped a Malay motorcyclist.
Pontianak streets became largely deserted as
residents, fearing the confrontation could bring a repeat of
the bloody ethnic clashes seen last year, sheltered in their
It is also a Muslim public holiday throughout
Much of the trouble in the region stems from
resentment over the influx of immigrants, and the land for
their homes and farms, under a widely discredited policy of
resettling Indonesians from overcrowded areas, such as Madura
and the main island of Java.
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