Depok. An Islamic fundamentalist group has demanded city officials in Depok knock down a rundown, illegal building that they claim has been used to run a prostitution service.
Hundreds of members from the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) told the Depok administration on Friday that they had until April 15 to clean up illegal buildings.
“We have asked Depok’s mayor Nur Mahmudin over and over again to control that seedy place, they have no building permit anyway and if our request is not responded to, we will take action in that location,” said Habib Idrus Al Gadri, head of the Depok FPI branch, on Friday.
Idrus claimed that the city’s public order agency, known as Satpol PP, was receiving money from the people running the prostitution service in exchange for protection during raids.
“We are not afraid of any mass organization that legalizes and protects sinful activities, we will fight back, the raid conducted by Satpol PP was fake and it was done just so we did not take any action,” he said.
Idrus claimed that at least 50 places were running prostitution services freely in Depok.
“We demand that the buildings be demolished, don’t just seal them,” he said, adding that FPI members would fight anyone who tried to stop them from fighting prostitution.
But Gandara Budiyana, head of the Satpol PP in Depok, said that his unit had shut down at least 10 buildings that were suspected of running prostitution services in the area.
“We are not slacking around,” Gandara said. “We have sealed some seedy motels and cafe, but to knock down a building is a different thing, we need an official instruction from the mayor.”