Music fans attack Aceh Sharia police at concert

August 28, 2013
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BANDA ACEH, Indonesia – Several Sharia police officers were injured early Monday (August 26th) by rock-throwing youths as they attempted to shut down concerts in Langsa, Aceh, local media reported.

"Most of the audience, there were around 100 of them, were drunk. I and members of the WH (Wilayatul Hisbah - Sharia Police) climbed the stage and asked them to disperse," Ibrahim Latif, head of Langsa Islamic Sharia Agency, told The Jakarta Globe. Crowds at two other venues left peacefully.

"They turned off the lights and began attacking us in the dark instead," Ibrahim said. "They beat us. … Our members couldn't do much because we were smaller in number."

He said local police came to the Sharia officers' aid, adding that he would file a police report to have the perpetrators charged. Ibrahim said Sharia police moved in based on a local decree that prohibits live-music performances after 6pm.

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