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Port Control Toughened at Gilimanuk Harbor

Security Measures Beefed Up at Gilimanuk Harbor Prior to U.S. Presidential Visit to Bali.

(5/31/2010) In anticipation of the mid-June visit of U.S. President Barack Obama, members of Indonesia's elite anti-terrorist Densus 88 squad and other law enforcement agencies are stationed at the Gilimanuk ferry harbor connecting Bali to East Java.

Kompas.com contacted the head of the criminal division of the Jembrana police precinct, I Ketut Suparta, who confirmed that intensive screenings were being carried out at the port to prevent the entry to Bali of any dangerous materials and to narrow the opportunities available for those wishing to disturb public order, such as terrorists.

The combined force is inspecting every vehicle and car entering Bali via Gilimanuk, the main land-sea entry to Bali from Java.

Included in the combined forces team are officers from the Jembrana police precinct, mobile brigade officers (Brimob) from Bali's police headquarters and crack members of Densus 88 anti-terror squad.

As part of the screening process, bus passengers are being compelled to disembark and pass through separate gateway equipped with detection equipment. Following physical screening for metal and explosives, passengers must then present their personal identification to a team of inspectors.

Suparta told the press that, to date, no suspicious individuals or situations have been detected at the screening stations.

Enforcement officers also have side streets around the port under close surveillance, together with local boat traffic sailing between Java and Bali.