Indonesia inspired by Duterte’s bloody anti-drug war

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Indonesia’s anti-narcotics chief Budi Waseso

Indonesia’s anti-drugs chief is supporting to implement a bloody crackdown on drug traffickers in his country similar to the war on crime in the Philippines that has left almost 3,000 dead since new President Rodrigo Duterte took over in June.

Budi Waseso said he believed such a campaign would safeguard “our beloved country,” AFP reports.

“I would be on the frontline to eradicate all the traffickers,” he said.

Indonesia says it is fighting a war against rising narcotics use. It has stepped up executions of convicted drug traffickers, including foreigners, triggering international outrage.

Duterte, however,  has sparked controversy by overseeing the large-scale killing of drug traffickers since winning election in May. He is due to visit Jakarta later this week for talks with President Joko Widodo after an ASEAN summit and the leaders are expected to discuss their respective anti-narcotics campaigns.

Waseso suggested Indonesia could follow a policy like that of the Philippines and revealed authorities were bolstering their resources to fight the drug trade. He added that the agency had a major plan to hire more personnel and procure more weapons to better crack down on the drug trade.

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[caption id="attachment_28913" align="alignleft" width="300"] Indonesia's anti-narcotics chief Budi Waseso[/caption] Indonesia's anti-drugs chief is supporting to implement a bloody crackdown on drug traffickers in his country similar to the war on crime in the Philippines that has left almost 3,000 dead since new President Rodrigo Duterte took over in June. Budi Waseso said he believed such a campaign would safeguard "our beloved country," AFP reports. "I would be on the frontline to eradicate all the traffickers," he said. Indonesia says it is fighting a war against rising narcotics use. It has stepped up executions of convicted drug traffickers, including foreigners, triggering...

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Indonesia’s anti-narcotics chief Budi Waseso

Indonesia’s anti-drugs chief is supporting to implement a bloody crackdown on drug traffickers in his country similar to the war on crime in the Philippines that has left almost 3,000 dead since new President Rodrigo Duterte took over in June.

Budi Waseso said he believed such a campaign would safeguard “our beloved country,” AFP reports.

“I would be on the frontline to eradicate all the traffickers,” he said.

Indonesia says it is fighting a war against rising narcotics use. It has stepped up executions of convicted drug traffickers, including foreigners, triggering international outrage.

Duterte, however,  has sparked controversy by overseeing the large-scale killing of drug traffickers since winning election in May. He is due to visit Jakarta later this week for talks with President Joko Widodo after an ASEAN summit and the leaders are expected to discuss their respective anti-narcotics campaigns.

Waseso suggested Indonesia could follow a policy like that of the Philippines and revealed authorities were bolstering their resources to fight the drug trade. He added that the agency had a major plan to hire more personnel and procure more weapons to better crack down on the drug trade.

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