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18,000 alcohol bottles destroyed; Indonesia’s stern warning in Ramzan

Indonesia's capital, Jakarta saw a large number of illegal alcohol seized and destroyed on city roads. the bottles were laid down and then a steamroller rolled over them crushing every bottle under it. Mayor asked people to abstain from alcohol consumption in Ramzan.

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About 18,000 bottles of bootleg alcohol were crushed by a steamroller in Muslim-majority Indonesia’s capital Monday as police warned tipplers off booze during the Ramadan fasting month.

Nearly 90 percent of Indonesia’s 260 million people are Muslims who are advised to abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex between sunrise and sunset during Ramadan.

Police laid out thousands of alcohol bottles collected in raids over the past few months in the capital Jakarta and then drove a steamroller over them in a messy annual display.

Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan called on residents to avoid circulating illegal liquor.

“The job of the community is to reduce demand,” he said at the alcohol-crushing event near the city’s national monument.

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“But no matter how much supply is reduced, it’s tough if there is still demand.”

Indonesia’s Moderate Muslims

Indonesian authorities typically make a show out of seizing and destroying large quantities of illegal alcohol to remind Muslims to abstain from boozing during Ramadan.

Alcohol is typically forbidden for Muslims at any time of the year. But most Indonesians practice a moderate form of Islam and alcohol is available at bars and nightclubs in major cities and holiday destinations such as Bali.

Many entertainment spots are closed during Ramadan, including in Jakarta.

AFP article with additional input by GSV news desk.

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