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Stopping Indonesia's Roof Riders with Threatening Concrete Balls

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Achmad Ibrahim

Workers install a frame with concrete balls suspended on it above railway tracks in Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. Indonesia has gone to imaginative extremes to try to stop commuters from riding the roofs of trains by suspending rows of grapefruit-sized concrete balls above railway lines a few inches (centimeters) above the tops of carriages at points where trains enter or pull out of stations, or where they go through crossings. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Indonesia has gone to imaginative extremes to try to stop commuters from riding the roofs of trains.

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Now they have an intimidating and possibly even deadly new tactic: Suspending concrete balls above railway lines a few inches above the tops of carriages at points where trains enter or pull out of stations.

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the BBC's Karishma Vaswani in Jakarta about the new system to stop roof riders.

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