Close  

Indonesian officials defend parade of veiled kids with guns

/ 04:54 PM August 21, 2018
indonesia veiled children

Screengrab from Facebook page Probolingg’s video.

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian officials have defended a street parade that involved veiled kindergarteners carrying replica weapons and police said they’ll arrest the person who uploaded a viral video of the event to Facebook.

The video of children dressed head-to-toe in black marching with wooden guns has caused a sensation in Indonesia, which in May suffered one of its worst attacks in years when militants used their children as suicide bombers in the second-largest city Surabaya.

ADVERTISEMENT

The parade in East Java was one of the thousands held across Indonesia on Friday to mark independence.

Probolinggo Police Chief Alfian Nurrizal told The Associated Press on Tuesday that police were investigating who uploaded the video. He said it may have been edited to convey the wrong impression.

FEATURED STORIES

“He or she did not upload the entire footage,” Nurrizal said. “There are allegations of intentionally cutting the footage for a certain purpose.” If the parade was “filmed completely since the beginning, there will be no misunderstanding,” he said.

Local media reported that Education and Culture Minister Muhajir Effendy said the parade was misinterpreted and the staff of the school, located inside a local military command, had no intention to instill radicalism in children.

It contained many elements, he said, including symbols of Muslims who struggled for Indonesia’s independence and the red and white of Indonesia’s national flag.

“It was recorded when these veiled children carried only replica guns,” he told reporters. “In fact, there were themes raised by these children, namely the struggle of Islam. Until finally this piece of video spread on social media and was very biased.”

However, the principal of the school apologized.

Nurrizal said the provincial police’s cyber unit is helping to track down the video uploader.

After Jakarta’s minority Christian governor was convicted of blasphemy last year and imprisoned, police also prosecuted the individual who helped trigger massive street protests against the governor by posting a video online of him making the offending comments.

ADVERTISEMENT

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Asia, Indonesia, parade, veiled children, video, world news
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
opinion

Panic in the air

November 19, 2019 05:15 AM

opinion

Bottled air

November 19, 2019 05:13 AM

opinion

‘I will destroy her in public’

November 19, 2019 05:11 AM

newsinfo

Police find man in viral ‘Grand Taft Auto’ video 

November 19, 2019 05:10 AM

opinion

5 myths of Dutertismo (1) 

November 19, 2019 05:09 AM



© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.