Suara.com – A clash between the masses defending Palestine and a mass organization in Bitung City, North Sulawesi (Sulut) broke out on Saturday (25/11/2023). The clash went viral on social media with the narrative being that it occurred between pro-Palestinian vs Israeli mobs.
Based on information from the North Sulawesi Province Kesbangpolda Agency received by Suara.com on Sunday (26/11/2023) morning. The clash in Bitung occurred on Saturday (25/11/2023) from 18.00 to 19.55 WITA.
The violent incident broke out starting from two activities that occurred at the same time. The first is the active cultural parade of the Makatana Minahasa indigenous community. Then secondly there is active prayer and unseen prayers for Palestine.
Initially, from 16.17 to 16.50, the masses of the Makatana Minahasa Indigenous Community concentrated in the Bitung National Unity Park trying to enter the city center towards the Muslim Solidarity Front (BSM) activity position but were blocked and blocked by the police.
Then at 16.54 WITA, at the location of the mass concentration of the Makatana Minahasa Indigenous People and Manguni Makasiou Troops, it was suspected that someone was shouting takbir. Then the traditional mass organizations chased them until they reached Kanopi Market.
When the mass of traditional mass organizations pushed towards the city center chasing the person who was provoking them, the crowd encountered an ambulance which at that time was carrying the Tawheed flag as an activity attribute. There was damage to the ambulance vehicle by mass organizations, burning of attributes and abuse of one of the participants in the unseen prayers and prayers for Palestine.
Then, the masses from the Bitung Muslim Solidarity Front (BSM) who took up positions in the direction of Sarikalapa Village took action in response. Until there was an action of throwing stones and arrows at each other and hitting one of the traditional mass organizations.
At 17.00 WIB, the police dispersed the crowd from both sides.
Then from 18.00 to 19.00 WIB, the police added additional officers from the TNI to carry out blocking and anticipate follow-up actions.
Then at 19.55 WIB the situation in Bitung City was declared safe and conducive.