SPSI Leadership Dispute In Riau Turns Violent

The Jakarta Globe is reporting that there is one person dead and thirteen injured after a conflict over Serikat Pekerja Seluruh Indonesia (SPSI) union leadership in Riau turned violent.

Armed with spears, swords, firearms and knives, hundreds of union workers on Thursday went on a rampage through Rokan Hilir district, police said.

Adj. Sr. Comr. Bambang Sudarmaji, the district police chief, on Friday said the conflict centered on a leadership tussle at the All-Indonesian Workers Trade Union (SPSI). “We are still taking witness statements,” he said.  “Supporters of one leader decided to launch an attack at the SPSI office of a rival leader in the Bagan Sinembah subdistrict of Rokan Hilir. They completely destroyed the office.”  Bambang said preliminary investigations showed that supporters of Fuad Ahmad stormed the office of Muhammad Hendra Gunawan at about 8 a.m. on Thursday.

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