The police have arrested a pilot in Surabaya for spreading hate speech on social media.
The pilot, identified as IR, is alleged to have encouraged people on Facebook to take part in the so-called ‘people power’ rally after the announcement of the presidential election results on Wednesday, 22nd May 2019.
“We have arrested a pilot for spreading hate speech on social media and violating the Electronic Information and Transactions Law (ITE Law),” said the Head of West Jakarta Police criminal unit, Adj. Senior Commissioner Edy Suranta Sitepu.
IR reportedly posted the following statement on his Facebook account: “My son has just turned 1 year old, but if I am to die during the May 22 fight, in the name of Allah, I am ready.”
He also posted the following statement: “Take note, whoever is announced as winner by the General Elections Commission (KPU) on May 22, riots will still occur and there will be a large number of victims.”
He also warned those who ‘do not have guts’ to step aside and hide, because they could be the next victim, and that this ‘isn’t a choice, but a command’.
The police are currently investigating IR’s motives.
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