Now Karawang is destroyed (Sekarang Karawang Sudah Hancur)
January 9, 1999

Waspada

KARAWANG (Waspada): Although the stone war and looting has been subdued, the situation in Karawang, west Java until Friday night was still tense and the police apparatus are still patrolling. (KARAWANG (Waspada): Meski aksi pelemparan dan perusakan berhasil diredam, namun hingga Jumat malam suasana kota Karawang, Jabar, masih mencekam dan aparat keamanan terus berjaga-jaga.)

In the meantime, the number of casualties are increasing, including another 4 more victims found in the afternoon, one was shot to death and forced the hospital staff to work harder. Besides the casualties from the people, there was one victim from the army Brimob. (Sementara itu jumlah korban akibat kerusuhan tersebut bertambah banyak, menyusul empat orang korban di siang hari, dan seorang di antaranya tewas ditembus peluru, sehingga memaksa para petugas rumah sakit harus bekerja ekstra. Selain masyarakat, terdapat pula korban anggota Brimob akibat lemparan.)

One of the police unit from Karawang reported that he lost his handgun during that riot. (Seorang anggota Polri dari Polres Karawang dilaporkan kehilangan senjata genggam dalam kerusuhan itu.)

The riot escalated on Friday afternoon before it finally subdued and mass people were dispersed in the evening time, after the Karawang Mayong Mr. H. Dadang Muchtar shouted to his community to disperse. The people dispersed after the security apparatus shot tear gas among them. (Kerusuhan memuncak Jumat siang sebelum akhirnya mereda dan massa berangsur-angsur bubar di petang hari, setelah Bupati Karawang H Dadang Muchtar terus "berteriak" meminta warganya untuk membubarkan diri. Massa juga dibuat kocar-kacir setelah aparat keamanan menembakkan gas air mata.)

"Now Karawang has destructed, what else do you want. Disperse, go to your home," asked the Mayor along the street where the riot was centered. ("Sekarang Karawang sudah hancur, lalu apalagi tuntutan kalian. Ayo bubar, pulang ke rumah masing-masing," pinta Bupati yang terus dilakukannya di sepanjang jalan di mana kerusuhan berpusat.)

The riot in Karawang city has caused hundred buildings comprise of shops, shopping malls, banks, and religious facilities destroyed. The destruction is centered in Tuparev street near the Johar market area. (Kerusuhan di kota Karawang telah mengakibatkan ratusan bangunan terdiri dari toko, tempat perbelanjaaan umum (mal), bank, dan tempat peribadatan rusak karena lemparan. Aksi perusakan itu berpusat di Jalan Tuparev dan kawasan Pasar Johar.)

In Johar area, there were 2 cars and 9 motorcyles burned down during the riot Friday afternoon. It was noted that 3 cars were burned down and the other 3 were looted. (Di kawasan Johar, juga terdapat dua unit mobil dan sembilan sepeda motor dibakar pada kerusuhan yang terjadi Jumat sore. Dengan demikian mobil yang dibakar tercatat tiga unit dan tiga lainnya rusak dihujani lemparan batu.)

58 were nabbed (58 Diamankan)

Police Karawang, Letnat Colonel Ahmat Hidayat, said to reporters that the situation in Karawang city is under control, but the police is still in patrol to anticipate other issues. (Kapolres Karawang, Letkol Pol Ahmad Hidayat, kepada wartawan mengatakan, situasi keamanan di kota Karawang sudah terkendali, namun aparat keamanan masih disiagakan untuk mengantisipasi berbagai kemungkinan.)

Karawang police also succeededly caught 58 rioters and 24 among them were high school students. Until Friday night they were questioned. (Polres Karawang juga berhasil mengamankan 58 orang perusuh, dan 24 orang di antaranya pelajar SLTA. Hingga Jumat malam mereka masih diperiksa intensif.)

The police aslo said that he had brought one army personel to be questioned, his initial is HP from one of the units in Subang. He was assumed to be the provocator of the Karawang incident. (Kapolres mengatkan, pihaknya juga telah mengamankan seorang oknum anggota ABRI, berinitial HP dari salah satu kesatuan di Subang. Ia disinyalir sebagai provokator atas kejadian di Karawang.)

The riot was instigated by an issue of caddy motorcylce being ticketed by the police and was assaulted which it didn't happen. (Kerusuhan itu, tambah Kapolres, dipicu oleh isu adanya seorang tukang ojek ditilang oleh Polisi disertai perlakuan sewewenang-wenang, yang ternyata sama sekali tidak terjadi.)

"None of my unit ticketed the caddy motorcycle. It's only an issue that instigated this riot," said him, and added that this is the first time that people destroyed the police office in the Johar area and Karawang. (antara) ("Tidak ada anggota saya yang nilang tukang ojek. Itu hanya isu yang kemudian memicu terjadinya kerusuhan," katanya, sambil menambahkan, massa pertama kali merusak pos-pos Polisi di kawasan Johar dan Mapolsekta Karawang.(antara))