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February 27, 2021, 07.42 AM


Presidential Bodyguard Cracks Down on Motorcycles

The Indonesian Presidential Security Force or Paspampres officially confirmed that its personnel has acted forcefully against a convoy of high-powered motorcycles, days after footage of the confrontation has gone viral on Instagram and other social media outlets.

“The Paspampres were forced to take measures against the sport motorcycles on Jalan [street] Veteran III, which is near the Presidential Palace complex,” said Paspampres Assistant Intelligence Officer Lieutenant Colonel Wisnu Herlambang Friday of the incident, which occurred on Sunday, February 21.

He added that the Paspampres were securing Vice President Ma’ruf Amin’s offices in the area, so the street was temporarily closed to the public as a ‘first’ or most secure ring designated for the President and Vice President.

“However, the convoys defied the restrictions and went ahead at high speeds and noisy mufflers, both of which are banned in ‘first ring’ areas,” Wisnu added.

“One of our personnel kicked a motorcyclist to the ground, in line with our orders to take firm actions against anyone defying these measures. The motorcyclists should count themselves lucky, as the Paspampres are actually authorized to shoot them.”

The confrontation occurred as the motorists were carrying out their ‘Sunday Morning Ride’ or Sunmori. One of the motorcyclists uploaded it on to Instagram, where it was viewed by more than 269 thousand people with mixed reactions.



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