The Jakarta Post | Mon, 10/03/2011 8:57 PM
Despite claims from Indonesian Military (TNI) Chief Adm. Agus Suhartono that the Military has reformed since the days of the New Order Era, there have been new calls from critics accusing military personnel of using violence on civilians.
Actually there have been many changes. Violence brought up in the media usually refers to specific cases, Agus told a press conference at the TNI headquarters in Cilangkap, East Jakarta, on Monday.
He said that should more soldiers be proven of violating the law, legal action would be taken against them.
Recently, the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) discussed violence within the TNI at a press conference to commemorate the TNI 66th anniversary that falls on Oct 5.
Kontras said it appreciated the military's efforts to uphold its credibility and professionalism, but added that there had been instances of violence against civilians in Papua, land disputes with local people that often ended up with violence, and political moves by the military that were supposed to be non-partisan.
I have told my soldiers to always act based on the law instead of violence, however in certain circumstances, when military personnel are facing people with guns, they have no other choice but to respond, Agus said.
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