It has been alleged that 62 members of a radical Islamic group attacked a bar in Jakarta for serving beer during Ramadan on Saturday.
The group has been identified as the “Prophet Defense Council”, and the bar in question is De Most on Jl. Raya Veteran in Bintaro, South Jakarta.
“The bar did not violate opening hours but sold beer. The case is still under investigation,” said Head of Public Relations Jakarta Police Rikwanto.
All 62 of the alleged perpetrators including two minors were arrested by authorities and a number of weapons were seized.
“We also confiscated five samurai swords, two machetes, a sickle, four golf clubs, and a flag of the Prophet Defense Council,” added Rikwanto.
The perpetrators broke into the establishment and assaulted two employees, before proceeding to destroy the bar area while shouting “Allahu Akbar”.
“It was very frightening as they were armed with sticks, machetes, swords. Some of the female staff took off their high-heel shoes and ran helter-skelter. We thought they were going to kill us,” said the bar’s operational manager Pariah.
Twenty-three of those arrested face charges of damaging property while four were additionally charged with carrying weapons.
“They commit sins there. They get drunk so action must be taken,” said Bahar, the group’s ringleader.