Thu, 30 Nov 2000

Police: FPI members raid billiard hall

JAKARTA (JP): Some 70 armed members of the Defenders of Islam (FPI) raided a billiard hall on Tuesday at Jl. Buncit Raya No. 38 in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, a police report said.

The mob, armed with daggers, swords and sticks, arrived at about 10:45 p.m. and destroyed seven billiard tables along with other furniture in the hall, the report said.

The men left the scene before police arrived.

There were no injuries reported during the incident.

On Sunday, some 50 people from the same group raided a liquor store in Jatipadang subdistrict, also in Pasar Minggu.

They destroyed the bottles of alcohol being sold in the store, resulting in a loss of Rp 6 million.

There were no injuries reported from Sunday's incident and police have yet to make any arrests.

FPI has repeatedly attacked entertainment centers and nightspots in the capital on the grounds that the venues had been used for prostitution and drug transactions.

The group said there would be more attacks on nightspots during Ramadhan if they remained open during the fasting month. (jaw)