Joko Widodo: Police should shoot suspected drug dealers

Widodo supports increasing use of force against suspected drug traffickers as country faces 'narcotics emergency'
Al Jazeera
Sunday, July 23, 2017

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has instructed police to shoot suspected drug dealers to combat what he considers a narcotics emergency facing Indonesia. His remarks have drawn comparison to that of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who launched a controversial anti-drug crackdown about a year ago that saw many alleged drug dealers killed in an operation widely condemned by the international community. The statement came following the largest seizure of crystal methamphetamine, locally known as shabu-shabu, weighing one ton from Taiwan last week. (See also: Indonesia to implement Duterte's drug war approach? | Indonesia’s police chief touts killing drug dealers as crime solution)