Indonesian Police Shoot Dozens in Pre-Games Crackdown
As Jakarta prepares to open the 18th Asian Games Saturday, Amnesty International has linked the event to an upswing in police killings of petty criminals. The “public safety” operation aims to clean up the city ahead of the world’s second-largest multi-sports competition, and the rights group blames the effort for 31 fatal shootings by police since January. They followed a directive to “shoot on sight” anyone resisting arrest. Indonesian police have recently become increasingly aggressive toward drug dealers, with officials praising Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war.