Indonesia Blew Up 81 Fishing Boats

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On 1st April, JAKARTA Indonesia caught fishing boats poaching in its waters and blew all 81 of them. Since October 2014. The total number of boats confiscated and destroyed by Indonesia reaches up to 317. This has been done on the orders of the president Joko Widodo who has launched a battle against the poachers and has ordered to take a tough action against any ship which enters the waters illegally. The orders are to destroy and sink every boat caught fishing illegally in the country’s waters.

Indonesia, the Southeast Asian country, has one of the richest fish grounds in the world and has always been on the verge of illegal fishing until now. The country is now doing all it can and taking quite rough and strict measures to protect its richest fish grounds from poachers. They are mostly from countries such as Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and the Asian neighborhood making incursions into the vast and rich waters of Indonesia.

Troubling

On the incident that happened this April Susi Pudjiastuti the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said that she hopes that the sinking of ships would be an impediment for the wrong doers and illegal crawlers. In a statement referring to the boats that sank Pudjiastuti said: “We hope that Sino is a symbol of our victory over fish poaching”. She said that while she was witnessing two destroyed vessels in Ambo in eastern Indonesia. She also declared it a victory for Indonesia against illegal fishing.

In another statement, Susi said, “There was a time when thousands of foreign vessels came freely to steal our fish, but now they will know, Indonesia will overcome this crime.” Indonesia had been suffering from the annual loss of more than US $20 billion from poaching in its territory’s vast waters.

Because of the strict measures the country has adopted, it is facing some tension with its neighbors as well. Last year, a Chinese coast guard vessel got involved when Indonesia tried to keep a Chinese vessel for sailing and fishing illegally in its rich waters near the disputed the South China Sea. China is claiming almost all the sea lane while the rest of the countries like Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have intersecting claims.

To stand victorious and achieve the goal of guarding its waters, along with maximizing the potential of its sector, Indonesia has been taking extreme and strict measures lately. Indonesia has been modernizing its industries and its industry practices, abolishing trans-shipment activities, and most importantly going after the poachers.

Indonesia is also busy in enhancing its maritime surveillance capabilities and very recently they have also launched two new very fast patrol boats. Indonesian Air force has also said that they plan on strengthening its aerial reconnaissance.  As well as their surveillance capabilities. They have planned to achieve this target by expanding their fleet of spy planes so that spying and sinking poachers is easier and more quickly.

 

Hillary Clinton Pushes Trump To Act…

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Recently there has been a lot of hate crimes in U.S., and Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. Secretary of State, tweeted about them. In her tweet, she called on the President of United States and asked him to take action against the murder of an Indian engineer who was shot dead at the Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe. As well as address an increasing ratio of hate crimes in U.S.

“With threats & hate crimes on rising, we shouldn’t have to tell [the President of the United States] to do his part,” read Clinton’s tweet. “He must step up & speak out.”

In her tweet, Clinton has posted a link to the Kansas City Star article in which Sunayana Dumala the widow of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who with her husband immigrated to America from India to attend College, has asked the U.S government about how they are planning to stop these hate crimes.

“I have a question on my mind: Do we belong?”
“I need an answer from the government … What are they going to do to stop this hate crime?”
“We have read many times in newspapers of some kind of shooting happening and we always wondered, how safe?” Said Dumala.

Tweet Wars

The incident took place last Wednesday night, leaving an Indian engineer dead and two other people injured and President Trump has said nothing against this hate crime yet.

However, the White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that calling the incident a hate crime is too early.

Targeting Jewish organizations across the nation against anti-Semitism Trump made a statement:

Anti-Semitism is horrible and it’s going to stop and it has to stop.”

Speaking on the recent discussions that Trump’s words had a connection to the shooting, according to the Business Insider, Spicer said:

“I mean, obviously, any loss of life is tragic, to suggest that there’s any correlation I think is a bit absurd. So I’m not going to go any further than that.”

In a later, briefing Spicer confirmed that the President condemns Anti-Semitism as well as the shooting of Kuchibhotla.

 

More To Come

Referring to the shooting at a news conference and voicing the concerns of the president about the recent acts of vandalism against Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia Spicer stated that:

“No one in America should feel afraid to follow the religion of their choosing freely and openly. The president has dedicated to preserving this originating principle of our nation,” Spicer said. “And while we’re at it, I don’t want to get ahead of law enforcement, but I was asked the other day about the story in Kansas, the shooting in Kansas. And while the story is evolving, early reports out of Kansas are equally disturbing”.

Referring the hate crimes beyond the state of Olathe Hillary stated that

“JCC, threats, cemetery desecration and online attacks are so troubling and they need to be stopped” she further said, “Everyone must speak out, starting with [the president of the United States].”

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