BlackBerry launch event in Indonesia turns violent

By on November 25, 2011, 3:00 PM

A scheduled smartphone launch event in Indonesia has turned ugly and resulted in coordinators canceling the event early. Thousands of people showed up to get their hands on the latest BlackBerry mobile phone but when rumors began to spread that the device was sold out, chaos took over.

Research in Motion chose Indonesia as the first country to receive the BlackBerry Bellagio, otherwise known as the BlackBerry Bold 9790. BlackBerry handsets are still wildly popular in Indonesia and as such, organizers set up a special event at the Pacific Place mall in Jakarta to celebrate the event. RIM offered a 50 percent discount to the first 1000 people to purchase the phone which prompted a line to form a day before the event.

Those eligible for the discount were initially given a red wristband but as the crowd swelled, organizers announced that everyone on hand would get a phone. It wasn’t long before rumors spread that the phone had sold out and people lost their patience.

One thing led to another and potential buyers stormed security barriers to try and get their hands on the new phone. The Jakarta Globe is reporting that as many as 90 people had to be treated for injuries ranging from broken or fractured bones to unconsciousness.

Around 200 police officers and security guards were dispatched to control the chaos and as a result, the event was canceled prematurely to ensure everyone’s safety.

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Guest said:

All of that for a smartphone. I don't own a smartphone (nor tablet) and rarely carry around a dumb cell phone.

Mudvayne819 said:

rofl humanity is so low nowdays rofl... earth need to reset

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Lol! for a Blackberry?! Really?!

Guest said:

seriously people need more hobbies than looking for the latest crap to buy.

vlad4861 said:

Smartphone is not the worst hobby thought... it has a practical aspect to it. Video gaming on the other hand is much worse(I do)

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

For a moment I thought that was a Black Friday event.

Guest said:

yes , because all indonesian people buy blackberry likely that only for get BBM features only

Note : I'm from indonesian

Guest said:

Even a dumb person would have a 'smart'phone nowadays.

Guest said:

shameless chaos, 90 BB clients seriously injured in INDONESIA

Guest said:

Once Indonesia put a name in Techspot, it's because of Blackberry and violent?

I'm Indonesian, and I'm ashamed for this..

Guest said:

Not suprising, even football tournament in Indonesia last week resulting in chaos and death.

What a uncivilized lots.

Guest said:

smartphones + dumb people = chaos

luckily, i still have my old reliable nokia 6120c and nokia 7210 :)

Guest said:

These people need internet....Blackberry is dieing.....get a real phone!

Guest said:

only "The Civilized Modern Store-Front" sells "Online"

learn to sell INDONESIA !

Renrew Renrew said:

No mob mentality excuse for lawless actions like these, no matter where they occur.

Guest said:

typical uneducated indonesian teen behaviour

Guest said:

in Indonesia, Blackberry is the latest trend right now.. ur friends, clients, colleagues,etc demands you to buy one so they can keep in touch with you via Blackberry Messenger.. you don't have Blackberry then u were left behind and (might) excluded from society..

Guest said:


on November 26, 2011

6:13 AM Not suprising, even football tournament in Indonesia last week resulting in chaos and death.

What a uncivilized lots.

---------------------- would say Hooligans are highly civilized even they made worse chaos. Are you racist?

Guest said:

I'm with you, he's racist.

Note: I'm an Indian,not an Indonesian

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