TGIPF Calls the Use of Expired Tear Gas a Violation

The Joint Independent Fact-Finding Team (TGIPF) is investigating the use of tear gas which was suspected to have expired during crowd control at the Kanjuruhan Stadium. TGIPF also examined the tear gas cartridges used by the police.

“If it expires, it is a violation. Of course it is a deviation,” said TGIPF member Rhenald Kasali at the office of the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Jakarta, Monday (10/10).

Rhenald said that when the team went to Malang, victims who were exposed to tear gas experienced reddened eyes that even according to the doctor’s statement took up to a month to recover.

“One of our suspicions is that it’s expired and it’s been taken to the laboratory, everything is checked,” he said.

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Rhenald stated that the use of crowd control instruments should not have a fatal impact. From the information collected by TGIPF, he added, the Panpel said it had conveyed FIFA’s provisions regarding the ban on tear gas, but it still happened.

“Remember that the police are now not military police but civilian police. So the police in their right hands are the human rights book, so they don’t (use) weapons to kill but paralyze them so they don’t cause aggressiveness. (OL-4)