Tue, 14 Nov 2000

Activists may face legal charges

BOGOR (JP): The six activists who allegedly lowered the national flag during a recent protest by market vendors in front of the Bogor municipality building maybe charged with contempt, an official said on Monday.

"If proven guilty, they will be charged under Article 154 of the Criminal Code, which carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison," Bogor Police chief of detectives Sr. Insp. Budi Prasetyo said.

The vendors were protesting in front of the municipality building on Friday to demand that they be allowed to continue operating their businesses at Bogor market.

The vendors became angered as they demanded the return of illegal levies collected from them by officials.

"The six activists said they did not lower the flag. We will, however, probe this case thoroughly," Budi said. (21/edt)