A clip capturing a mob of locals attacking two foreign nationals in Canggu has circulated widely on social media platforms since yesterday evening.
According to reports, one of the foreigners allegedly knocked unconscious a security guard in a prior altercation.
The incident unfolded on Berawa Beach Street, right in front of Atlas Beach Club, at approximately 10:15pm on Monday.
Badung Police Chief Teguh Priyo Wasono confirmed the incident and stated that the individuals involved were two Australians identified as MJS, 32, and MM, 39, and two local security officers identified as MAS, 29, and H, 29.
The two Australians are reportedly travelers who are staying at an unnamed hotel in Seminyak.
The 27-second video footage reveals one of the two Aussies, clad in a white shirt, being subjected to blows from several individuals wielding blunt objects. The foreigner then moves cautiously before seeking refuge in a waiting vehicle.
The other Aussie, wearing a navy blue shirt, is also seen in the video being accosted by a group of people as he attempts to enter the vehicle.
It is presumed that the two foreign individuals shared some form of acquaintance. Eyewitness accounts from the scene suggest that the two foreigners had a confrontation with two security guards at Atlas Beach, ultimately culminating in the altercation.
According to Badung Police’s preliminary reports, the incident began when one of the two Australians asked MAS to help him find a cab as they left Atlas. Around the same time, the other Australian, who was on a motorbike, sought to drive out of the club’s parking area.
MAS reportedly reprimanded the Australian on the motorbike as he was taking the wrong exit. But the foreigner did not take the reprimand well and pushed the security guard away. H, another guard, rushed to the scene to help MAS but was knocked unconscious with a punch by one of the Australians.
MAS then screamed, which triggered other guards and locals to get involved – resulting in the mob attack on the foreigners as captured in the video.
Badung Police Spokesman I Ketut Sukadi said that North Kuta Police officers were dispatched to the scene after receiving a call from Atlas Club management. The two foreigners are currently receiving treatment for their injuries at a hospital.
Neither of the two foreigners have filed an official complaint, according to the Badung Police. However, Teguh said that the police have launched an investigation into the case.