JAKARTA, August 30 - Anti-Malaysia demonstrations broke out in Indonesian cities after an Indonesian referee was beaten while in Kuala Lumpur for the 8th Asian Karate Championship at the Nilai indoor stadium.
In the East Java capital of Surabaya, dozens of youths conducted a sweep against Malaysian citizens at a local hotel in retaliation for the beating, which allegedly occurred at the hands of police officers.
A report by the detik.com online news service said dozens of youths went to the Garden Palace Hotel, searching for Malaysian badminton players who participated in a local competition.
Before conducting the search, the youths demonstrated outside the East Java regional legislative building, demanding the Indonesian government lodge a protest against the Malaysian police officers’ conduct.
The protestors urged the government to “immediately severe” its diplomatic ties with Malaysia and accused Malaysia of being an “uncivilised nation.”
Indonesian karate referee Donald Luther Kalapita was allegedly assaulted on Friday in Kuala Lumpur by four Malaysian police officers and had to be taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.
In protest against the beating, Indonesia withdrew from the karate event.
Similar anti-Malaysia rallies took place in North Sumatra’s capital, Medan, and Jakarta, where protestors demanded Kuala Lumpur apologise to Indonesia. – dpa as reported by the StarOnline
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