The clash between police officers from the Jakarta Metropolitan Office and dozens of paramilitary members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) (otherwise known as Laskar FPI) left many questions, not only regarding the chronology of events, but also on the legality of the actions taken by the officers. The clash, as we know, killed six FPI members. Do police officers have the authority to act that far? What makes the incident different from other similar incidents?

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