Once again, Islamic supremacist intimidation and thuggery works: the stores promised to stop selling alcohol. “7-Eleven, Indomaret Raided Over Alcoholic Beverages,” from the Jakarta Globe, May 11 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
Dozens of members of the Tangjungduren Islamic People’s Association raided two minimarts in Grogol Petamburan, West Jakarta, on Friday for selling alcoholic beverages.
The mob, who failed to meet the owners of the two establishments, a 7-Eleven and an Indomaret, decided to enter and confiscate all of the minimarts” alcoholic beverages from their refrigerators.
“We have since March warned them not to sell alcoholic drinks. But these stores kept on selling the beverages freely,” Khalid, the coordinator of the mob, said as quoted by Beritajakarta.com.
Members of the Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) were on location, but they remained on the sidelines during the incident, which caused a traffic jam along Jalan Tanjung Duren Raya.
Representatives from the stores promised the group that they would stop selling alcohol.
Khalid demanded that Satpol PP and the police take strict action against minimarts that openly offer alcoholic beverages.
Grogol Petamburan subdistrict head Denny Ramdhani said that out of the 12 minimarts operating in his area, only the 7-Eleven and the Indomaret continue to deal booze.
“If in the future they still sell alchol [sic], we will “¦ revoke the permits of the two stores,” Denny said.
Tanjung Duren Police chief of prevention Adj. Comr. Purnomo said that the police would facilitate a dialogue between the owners of the minimarts and residents of the area at the subdistrict chief office.