Law enforcement officers have been instructed by the President to shoot
drug traffickers to death when they are seen with narcotics.
Indonesia’s President, Joko Widodo, on Monday, gave the instruction to
deal with a narcotics emergency facing the country.
“Be firm, especially to foreign drug dealers who enter the country and resist
“Shoot them because we indeed are in a narcotics emergency position
now,’’ Widodo said in a speech delivered at an event held by one of
Indonesia’s political groups.
His remarks have drawn comparison to that of Philippine’s President,
Rodrigo Duterte, who launched a brutal anti-drug crackdown about a year
ago that saw many alleged drug dealers killed.
The bloody campaign in the Philippines has drawn condemnation from the
international community, including the United Nations.
Indonesia also has tough laws against drugs.
Widodo has previously been criticised for ordering executions against
convicted drug traffickers who were given a death penalty by the court.
Rights activists and some governments have called on Indonesia to abolish
the death penalty.
Friday’s shooting order from the president came a week after Indonesian
police shot dead a Taiwanese man in a town near the capital, Jakarta.
“The man, who was part of a group trying to smuggle one tonne of crystal
methamphetamine into the country, was killed for resisting arrest,’’ police
After the incident, Indonesian National Police Chief, Tito Karnavian, was
quoted by media saying he had ordered officers not to hesitate shooting
drug dealers who resisted arrest.