FPI, Komando Laskar Islam & Munarman

Jun 4th, 2008, in News, by

FPI Arrests of dozens of Front Pembela Islam and Komando Laskar Islam members in Jakarta, and forced closures of FPI branches in central and eastern Java.

FPI - Jakarta

On 4th June 58 members of the Front Pembela Islam (FPI, Islam Defenders Front) were arrested at FPI headquarters in central Jakarta. The leader of Komando Laskar Islam [KLI], the sub-group of the FPI said to be responsible for the Monas square attack, Munarman, is on the run from police. Twenty other men are also considered suspects but have not been located yet. inilah

Munarman
Munarman, hands on fellow.

FPI leader Habib Rizieq Shihab says he was not arrested but travelled with the police to ensure that his men were treated fairly. antara However later it became clear he was being held as the suspected "mastermind" behind the June 1st attack. inilah

FPI - Java

Elsewhere there have been a number of demonstrations against, and intimidation of, local FPI branches on Java, usually involving members of the Gus Dur version of the National Awakening Party (Partai Kebangkitan Bangsa, or PKB). The FPI and Gus Dur/PKB have a recent history of antagonism, see: FPI, Garda Bangsa, & Gus Dur, Banning of the FPI, and Habib Riziq Beats a Retreat, from May-June 2006.

In Jember, East Java, hundreds of people from PKB-affiliated organisations such as PMII, Banser, Satgas, Garda Bangsa and GP Anshor converged on the FPI office in Kaliwates district. Afterwards Habib Abu Bakar of the FPI said the Jember branch was disbanding of its own free will. okezone

Similar events, demonstrations against the FPI or acts of "sweeping" against its members, occurred in Purwokerto, Banyumas, Central Java,, and Mojokerto, Malang, and Surabaya, East Java, and in other towns mainly in the same two provinces.

Munarman
Yet another Habib, Habib Ali of FPI Surabaya is "persuaded" to disband the branch.


55 Comments on “FPI, Komando Laskar Islam & Munarman”

  1. avatar Adian Husaini says:

    I knew Munarman when both of us worked with YLBHI, Indonenesian Legal Aid Foundation. He was YLBI’s pain in the ass, not in the positive side, but on the negative side. He attacked the late Munir and accused Munir for corrupting Kontras, money, which was Munir’s award money. Munir had agreement with Kontras to contribute 20% od the money for Kontras.
    Munarman also made many donors angry with him and cut donors’ support to YLBHI. YLBHI was on the brink of collapse.
    Alhamdulillah, thank god, Munarman joins FPI, Hizbut Tahrir and the problem was shifted to them ha..ha..ha…

  2. avatar serenity says:

    That foto is wrong, Tempo official already corrected it: link: http://www.myrmnews.com/indexframe.php?url=situsberita/index.php?pilih=lihat_edisi_website&id=58523. Munarman did not choke AKKBB partisant. I don’t think you should publish it also. LoL on the top post.

  3. avatar bambang sutopo says:

    With all due respect for the above username, please don’t use other’s name else. You can choose either yourself or simply anonymous.

  4. avatar ultratupai says:

    When I told my wife about this her comment was “stupid muslims!” She is muslim, her father is an official for MUI and she knows what she is talking about having walked across the war zone in Ambon.

    Yes, stupid muslims!

  5. avatar janma says:

    Yeah, but aren’t they now saying they can’t keep them and they are letting them all go…. what’s this about not being able to hold anyone for a sentence of under five years????? I don’t understand????

  6. avatar janma says:

    so if it’s not him choking AKKBB paricipant who is he choking???

  7. avatar Rambutan says:

    He choked one of his own people, allegedly to stop him from attacking AKKBB. Poor stupid guy – young, jobless, joined FPI two months ago. I guess that describes the average FPI thug perfectly.
    Anyway, finally the government acted. I was screaming with joy when I watched TV seeing the FPI thugs detained by Brimob and Densus88. Deeply satisfying!

  8. avatar pj_bali says:

    I really hope the government follows up the arrests with trials and (lengthy)prison terms. The actions of this group clearly show the type of indonesia we would enjoy if they were running things.

  9. avatar GJ says:

    Agh!! detained and prosecuted are to very different things. We will have to wait a little long to see if justice prevails. Fingers crossed.

  10. avatar Anonymous says:

    Many of you ain’t muslim is it ?
    Then try to give an oppinion about the thing you don’t really know exactly !?
    And for muslim brothers, have you ever had learned about tauhid or islam’s rules ?
    I believe those things is right for the sake, but just the way they did it is wrong !

  11. avatar Rambutan says:

    Well, Mr Anonymous, we’re talking about FPI attacking and beating up people who held a peaceful demonstration. Do we have to be Muslims to exactly understand the issue of attacking and beating people? Explain!

  12. avatar Lairedion says:

    Mr. Anonymous,

    We can have an opinion on whatever we want. That’s the beauty of free speech and the internet. But I acknowledge Islam does have a problem with freedom, free speech and freedom in general.

  13. avatar Andrey says:

    yes, but there is this little problem about who defines freedom or human right.
    as you know, the so holy UN declaration of universal human right was drafted and declared by winners of WW2 (mostly western, mainly christian population).. so much about it being universal.

  14. avatar Hitam Tapi Cina says:

    @ Anonymous,

    FPI is a very nice picture of religious people without common sense
    and without conscience.
    FPI merely transformed religious moslems into criminals, and smear the reputation of Islam as ‘the religion of peace’

  15. avatar Aluang Anak Bayang says:

    @ Cina Tapi Bodoh,

    Islam do not need common sense and conscience. The quran is a complete guide for mankind.

    Islam is a religion of peace without the Jews pulling strings behind. The quran warned us about it.

    You have no right to talk about Islam if you are not a Muslim. Follow in the footstep of Cheng Ho and you may be considered.

  16. avatar Berlian Biru says:

    Well it’s now official; the FPI are above the law.

    A few years back in order to escape the macet the president’s driver decided to drive down the Busway lane in Jalan Sudirman, he was stopped and reprimanded by the police and told that under no circumstances could a non-Transjakarta vehicle use the Busway lane. Good for the police, no one’s above the law.

    Today a fleet of several hundred FPI motorcyclists flooded down the Busway lane to get to some protest (I’m assuming outside the courthouse) they blocked the Transjakarta buses and snarled up the mid afternoon traffic.

    Dozens of traffic cops watched this. They didn’t do a damn thing.

    FPI have more power over the cops than SBY.

  17. avatar dewaratugedeanom says:

    Anonymous said

    And for muslim brothers, have you ever had learned about tauhid or islam’s rules ?

    Islam’s rules, what’s that supposed to mean? Is this something like ‘anything goes’?

  18. avatar gOObers says:

    AAB said:

    Islam is a religion of peace without the Jews pulling strings behind….

    Islam a “religion of peace”???? May be so…. but the Islam people are so weak and not very smart because they allowed the Jews to pull their strings!!!!! How smart the Jews!!!!!

  19. avatar Lotus says:

    May compassion and selflessness touch upon munarman’s heart.

  20. avatar Janma says:

    Yesterday was a sad day for Indonesia. The whole country is now at the top of a very slippery slope. A terrorist stood and threatened to create civil war if his demands were not met, and the government conceded to him. Be afraid.

  21. avatar Saipul says:

    The government should be ashamed of itself. I remember talking to one of the big-shots at BIN, telling him three years ago that the FPI would soon become the sort of freakshow terrorist outfit that we all are witnessing today. He told me that they had tried to up their spying efforts with the terrorist group, but that the PKS and a number of other Islamic parties had protested to the president and the move was abandoned. Well, I hate to say I told you so, but I did.

  22. avatar GJ says:

    Hey, were these guys having coffee in Citos the other day???? Same MO.

  23. avatar Abdul Khalid al Jumhuri says:

    Saipul says: “He told me that they had tried to up their spying efforts with the terrorist group, but that the PKS and a number of other Islamic parties had protested to the president and the move was abandoned.”

    Now see what happened: Because BIN is banned from doing so, thefeore CIA, Mossad, and the f****ng Jews is free to do exactly that. That is not my assessment; mind you, that is the conclusion of the respected intelligent expert and a former BIN high rank official of Partai Keadilan Sejahtera (PKS) – the honorable Mr. Soeripto. If he said so, it must be right.

    Therefore FPI = CIA, Mossad, f****ng Zionist.

  24. avatar Hitam Tapi Cina says:

    Follow in the footstep of Cheng Ho and you may be considered.

    Hai ya,
    If following Cheng Ho turn me into a FPI gangster, then count me out.
    I better be a peaceful agnostic than a religious terrorist.

    Violence is not about religion but humanity
    It does not take to be a muslim but
    only common sense to know what is humanity.

    Deja Vu, the circle of violence never stops in Indonesia.
    No wonder Indonesia is falling apart.

  25. avatar Shloka says:

    A disproportionately large number of terrorists seem to identify with the Islamic faith and find justification for their inhuman acts in Islam. I’m not counting organizations which claim to be secular like the Palestine Liberation Operation(PLO). And they seem to carry out their violent acts in much of the world. Bombings in London, Madrid and Paris to name just a few places in Europe, 9\11 in U.S.A., bombings in Bali, seigeing schools in Russia, bombings in India, hell when they tire of bombing infidels, they bomb Muslim countries like the long reign of terror in Algeria killing thousands, Luxor bombings in Egypt or the Danish Embassy in Pakistan just a week ago. Muslims are the biggest perpetrators and victims of terrorism. Alright even if U.K. did send troops to Iraq, poor France opposed the war in Iraq. Why did the Islamists of Algeria extend their terror on Paris?

    I agree that texts of most religions have violent bits, but Muslims seem to have far more difficulty than non Muslims in cherry picking the peaceful bits and ignoring the violent ones.

  26. avatar Marisa says:

    OOT. Just a suggestion:
    Perhaps people, especially commenters on this site, should use the term ‘Islamist’ rather than ‘Muslim’. It’s a gesture indicating that one is not critisizing the other’s religion or faith, but more of critisizing the other’s societal and political ideology. I’m not saying that people should practice a subtle ‘self censorship’, but such journalistic approach could help the readers in defining the context used in a more clearcut, less offensive, way.

    Patung, what do you think? Can you implement that for your articles?
    Just a suggestion though.

  27. avatar Saipul says:

    Abdul Khalid al Jumhuri Says:
    June 10th, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Now see what happened: Because BIN is banned from doing so, thefeore CIA, Mossad, and the f****ng Jews is free to do exactly that. That is not my assessment; mind you, that is the conclusion of the respected intelligent expert and a former BIN high rank official of Partai Keadilan Sejahtera (PKS) – the honorable Mr. Soeripto. If he said so, it must be right.

    Hehe, yeah, I don’t respect or trust anyone either from the government, or BIN, or the PKS, or really any other political party at the moment. As long as basic human rights are not respected and no one does anything about it, I don’t believe any progress will be made. After spending enough time in the government, I also don’t believe in conspiracy theories. I’ve seen the sort of uneducated rice farmers that come up with theories about the CIA, Mossad, whatever. My favorite author is Machiavelli, you know him? To any question, the simplest answer is most likely the most correct. And when I saw last week when some people from the local mosque attacked a home of a widow for having a stay-over boyfriend (this mosque regularly has speakers from Yemen), I knew it wasn’t the CIA behind it.

  28. avatar Jibril Marpaung says:

    Horray… manarman is back… now..after the ahmadiyah SKB rule´s. he is not a coward…
    FPI and AKKBB should be disbanded.. we must change our democrazy system…. democracy=chaos!
    Anyway what is new about the oil price?

  29. avatar Shloka says:

    @ Jibril,
    Wonder why democracy=chaos is so often true in Muslim majority nations. Except Turkey, there is no single very stable Muslim democracy, which lasts for 10+ years at a stretch. Even in Turkey, the army had to step in three times to rescue democracy from Islamists. There’s stable and free from Buddhist fundamentalism democracy in Japan, Thailand, stable democracy in Hindu majority India but not its Muslim neighbour Pakistan, democracy in Jewish Majority Israel, democracy in Christian majority Europe\America\Australia.

    In fact, in nations with non Muslim majorities, the biggest threats to democracy comes from Communism- like the Shining Path in Latin America, Marxism in North Korea rather than religious fundamentalism. However in Muslim nations in Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia etc the secular Government is threatened by Islamists, or in Iran the secularists are threatened by the Islamic Shariah based Government. Common factor=Islam.

  30. avatar Adi Arifin says:

    Whilst I do not agree with physical abuse, I personally put a respect on Munarman and his FPI fellows. Won’t you get angry if someone suddenly replace your beloved wife? If you will, how could a muslim allow someone to replace Mohammad? If Achmadiyyah wants a religion who is different from Islam, name it something else.

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