History of the riots in Babarsari

History of the riots in Babarsari. Another riot occurred in the Babarsari area, Sleman, Yogyakarta, again. This riot is again included in the list of riots in Babarsari.

History of the riots in Babarsari

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1. Riots Between Students (Year 2007)

Riots Between Students (Year 2007)

Long before the recent riots, clashes between students occurred in the Babarsari area on June 29, 2007.

The clashes involved two groups of private university students who both came from outside the Special Region of Yogyakarta (DIY).

One group of students from outside DIY suddenly came and attacked other students from outside DIY at a boarding house in the Tambakbayan area, Babarsari, Depok District, Sleman Regency, Friday afternoon.

As a result of the riots, three people were reported to have suffered stab wounds, two to the head and one to the chest.

2. Residents’ Riots with Students from Timor Leste (2012)

Another riot occurred on May 8, 2012 involving residents around Babarsari (BBC) with a group of students from Timor Leste.

Residents’ Riots with Students from Timor Leste (2012)

The chronology begins when students from Timor refuse to pay for parking in front of the Iluzion Internet Cafe. The student was also involved in a check-in with the parking attendant.

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History of the riots in Babarsari

3. Inter-tribal brawl 2018

Clashes between Papua and Ambon occurred in Babarsari in 2018. At that time, there was a commotion in one of the cafes on Jalan Perumnas, Seturan. The commotion resulted in injuries to one of the Papuans.

Inter-tribal brawl 2018

In response to the incident, dozens of Papuans gathered to look for the perpetrator who caused his friend’s injury.

Some of them carried sharp weapons. Disputes between the two groups broke out. For this incident, 300 police were prepared to secure the area.

4. Delivery service vs Debt Collector (2020)

In 2020, chaos also occurred in Babarsari, the riot was quite unique because it involved two professions that often intersect, namely online motorcycle taxis and debt collectors.

Delivery service vs Debt Collector (2020)

The riots started when it was alleged that the motorcycle taxi drivers were being mistreated by debt collectors.

The incident triggered a group of other motorcycle taxi drivers to take action in solidarity with fellow drivers. As a result, clashes and riots were unavoidable.

These clashes did not only occur in Babarsari, but also occurred in several places, from the Grab office located on Jalan Ringroad Utara to the Leasing office on Jalan Wahid Hasyim.

5. Supporters Clash with Residents (2021)

Clashes have also occurred between PSIM football club supporters and residents.

Supporters Clash with Residents (2021)

The clash occurred when fans vented their disappointment because their favorite team failed to qualify for League 1.
The supporters were raging and disturbing the comfort of local residents.

As a result, residents who feel disturbed by their comfort also do not remain silent.

Riots between supporters and residents broke out on Jalan Laksda Adisucipto in front of the UIN Sunan Kalijaga campus. The police had fired warning shots, but the riots continued.

6. Inter-Group Riot (2022)

The latest and recent riots were riots that occurred between two groups from outside the region, starting on 2 July 2022.

Inter-Group Riot (2022)

The riot started when karaoke customers didn’t want to pay and there was chaos. As a result, clashes between groups occurred.

The Head of Public Relations of the DIY Regional Police Kombes Pol Yuliyanto explained that the clashes were a series of commotions that had previously occurred at karaoke venues.

One Papuan student suffered a serious stab wound. A group of students from Papua demanded justice for their friend to the police, and riots were inevitable. As a result, the shophouse and several motorcycles caught fire.

The Governor of Yogyakarta, Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X gave his response about the clashes between mass groups in the Babarsari area.

The government will take strict action against law violations that cause riots.

The police enforce the rules and take action from perpetrators of molestation, vandalism, to provocateurs.

Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X’s message of peace regarding the clash in Babarsari

The Governor of Yogyakarta, Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X gave his response about the clashes between mass groups in the Babarsari area.

The Yogyakarta government said that the riots were a violation of the law.

The police must be firm in enforcing regulations and punishing criminal acts ranging from obscenity, vandalism, to provocateurs.

The DIY Police have conducted an investigation. There have been witnesses who have been examined. The police also have a picture of the perpetrator.

DIY Local Government Ready to Facilitate Dialogue Room On the other hand, the DIY Regional Government is willing to facilitate dialogue space for conflicting groups.

The Regional Secretary of DIY, Kadarmanta Baskara Aji, asked the warring groups in Babarsari to prioritize the communication process to resolve the problem.

He also hopes that the problems that arise will not lead to physical violence that will harm other residents.


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