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Civilians Ask Bali Authorities To Stop Forcing Covid Tests To Avoid Confrontation

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 A confrontation between Bali military and civilians that recently occurred in Sidatapa, Buleleng has finally been mediated.

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The Head of the Buleleng Police Department, AKBP Andrian Pramudianto confirmed that the confrontation that caused a fight between military personnel and several civilians during an operation to conduct Covid-19 tests in Sidatapa, Buleleng has finally eased up. As The Bali Sun previously reported, the confrontation between military personell and civillians has ended through mediation that was initiated by the Buleleng police department on Tuesday afternoon (24/8) at one of the temples in Sidatapa village. “Both the army and civilians have agreed to end this confrontation peacefully.” AKBP Andrian said.

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After signing a letter of agreement during the mediation process, the Head of the Buleleng Military Officer, Leutenant Colonel (Letkol) Inf. Windra Lisrianto immediately revoked his lawsuit against the civilians that he previously filed at the police department. During the mediation, the civilians also proposed that authorities stop forcing Covid-19 tests to people in the streets. “The people asked the authorities to use a different approach in conducting rapid antigen tests to people and stop forcing them to get tested during their operation.” AKBP Andiran added. 

he central government through the Maritime and Investment Coordinator Minister, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has criticized the way the Bali governor is handling Covid-19 transmissions on the island.
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Apart from that, the police department and the regional government have committed to being responsible in repairing any property that was damaged and providing medical treatment to anyone injured during the incident. “As a form of responsibility, the police department and the Buleleng regional government will take care of all the damages caused by the incident, and we also encourage authorities from the Buleleng Covid-19 Handling Force to regularly educate people to prevent any unpredictable incidents like this in the future.” AKBP Andrian concluded.

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