Thursday, April 7, 2011

Beggars Rounded Up in Capital Clean-up

DENPASAR

In an attempt to clean up the city, Denpasar officials have begun rounding up migrant beggars from other parts of Bali and sending them back to their home districts.

Staff from the Manpower, Social and Transmigration Department organised a sweep of the busy Jl Imam Bonjol thoroughfare and the nearby Jl Teuku Umar in the Bali capital, and detained 21 beggars and vagrants. A second sweep in the Pasar Sanglah area saw another 11 people detained.

Department head Made Erwin Suryadharma Sena said most of those detained had come from the impoverished eastern regency of Karangasem, one of the poorest, least developed parts of Bali. He added that eight of the 11 people detained in Pasar Sanglah were children.

“We advanced the operation further because we received reports from locals in other areas besides Imam Bonjol and Teuku Umar.  It turned out that there were often beggars in action around Pasar Sanglah too,” Sena said.

Sena said that the beggars would be temporarily housed at a government shelter in Denpasar where they would receive instruction from police and religious teachers before being taken back to their home villages in Karangasem.

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