Posts showing graphic images of a bule man’s bloody eye socket and detailing alleged brutality at popular Bali bar and resto La Favela have gone viral.
In response to the social media sensation, Bali police have launched an investigation related to the alleged incident—though police claim they haven’t received a report from complainants.
Denpasar Police Chief Hadi Purnomo announced on Thursday that three suspects were arrested over the case.
“Last night we started investigating under police chief’s orders to make an arrest,” Tribun Bali quoted Purnomo as saying.
Posts on social media, predominantly shared by Facebook user Denis Prisiazhniuk, say security at La Favela turned hostile on January 8 around 2 am when his was friend was given a handwritten bill (instead of printed) that appeared to be marked up.
When the men asked for the menu to check prices, security instead showed up and pulled them outside, and the post alleges: “There they punched my friend in the face, then in the eye and when he finally fell on the ground they kept kicking.”
The post, showing a blood-filled eye socket said that the man’s eye could not be saved. “He lost it forever,” according to the post.
Though police told media on Thursday that a report hadn’t been filed with them for this case, the social media post describing the incident mentioned having a meeting scheduled with police for the next day and working with the Russian Consul—but later posts were updated to denote it was the Ukrainian Consul.
La Favela has appeared to have released a statement to Facebook over the incident, but has not put it on public share settings.
The La Favela post apparently takes responsibility, acknowledging that their security went too far and concluded that “security is not allowed to punch people.” Furthermore, the post claims that La Favela is working to get the injured man to a specialist in Singapore and will “take full responsibility of his medical care, law care, and any other related cost for him.”
However, the post apparently by La Favela, notably tells a different account from Prisiazhniuk’s, asserting that the party involved refused to pay their bill and slapped the manager’s hand.
Coconuts Bali has contacted La Favela for comment and will update if we receive a response.