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Indonesia: Amid 'narcotics emergency', police ordered to shoot drug dealers

News Agencies | Updated on: 23 July 2017, 9:16 IST

Amid a potential "narcotics emergency" being faced by Indonesia, President Joko Widodo, has ordered law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers.

"Be firm, especially to foreign drug dealers who enter the country and resist arrest. Shoot them because we indeed are in a narcotics emergency position now," the Guardian quoted Widodo as saying.

His remarks have been compared to those of Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte, who about a year ago launched an anti-drug crackdown in which thousands of alleged drug dealers and drug users were killed.

The United Nations has joined the international community in condemning the current developments underway in Phillipines.

Widodo has previously been criticised for ordering the execution of convicted drug traffickers who were given a death penalty by the court.

Widodo's order came a week after the Indonesian police gunned down a Taiwanese man, who was part of a group trying to smuggle a tonne of crystal methamphetamine into the country. The police claim he was killed for resisting arrest.


First published: 23 July 2017, 9:16 IST