Rule by Mob, Rule by Thieves: What Happened in Bima?

By webadmin on 03:00 pm Aug 13, 2012
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Warscapes, the international magazine of literature, art and politics, continues its month-long Indonesia retrospective with multimedia reportage from Philip Jacobson, a Jakarta-based journalist who works for the Globe.

Jacobson traveled to Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, to cover a mining dispute that reached a deadly apex last Christmas Eve, when police opened fire into protesters at Sape port. The report includes a short photo essay, videos compiled from cell phone footage, and text. 

The incident crested a wave of populist conflict in Indonesia and fed a national debate about rule of law. Some saw a country succumbing to “mob rule.” For others, it was an entrenched kleptocracy driving ordinary people to desperation.

Warscapes invites you to tune into the ongoing series, and to join its worldwide online community of writers and readers with a free subscription.

Click here to read “Indonesia’s Acid Test for the Rule of Law”