Indonesia’s National Police Chief has warned those caught illegally slashing and burning land in Riau that they risk being shot for resisting arrest if they do not stop their actions.
General Sutarman said “If anyone fights back and endangers officers or others, just shoot them”. “Shoot them as well,” was his response to whether the same policy applies to security or government officers involved in land burning.
The haze from the fires has caused tens of thousands of Riau locals to suffer from respiratory illnesses. The Straits Times cites the NEA as saying the haze in Singapore could be due to winds bringing in smoke from hotspots north of Singapore. A total of 14 hotspots were detected in peninsular Malaysia and 129 in Sumatra.
Time to bring out the shotgun?