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Bali Screens Island Newcomers Arriving at the Port of Benoa

(8/4/2014) As many as 58 people were rounded up in a joint operation by Denpasar Municipal Officials, local law enforcement (Satpol PP), Armed Forces and Police conducted at the Port of Benoa on Friday, August 1, 2014.

As reported by Metrobali.com, those identified in the raid were newcomers to Bali apprehended as they disembarked from ships landing in Bali. When checked by officials those taken into detention for eventual expulsion lacked official identification cards (KTP) and/or were unable to demonstrate fixed employment in Bali.

“They were netted in the raids because they had no KTP or other form of identification,” explained the chief of population mobility for Denpasar, I Made Rapog.

Many of those taken into custody were underage children.

Because those caught by officials had family members waiting on the dock who guaranteed the newcomers, most were allowed to leave the port area with their families.

Officials conducting the raid checked identity cards and interrogated arriving passengers about their plans to take up residency on the Island of Bali.

The raids are intended to discourage the creation of a floating mass of unemployed people in Bali and to supplement data maintained by the province on unemployment levels.

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