An Indian manager's alleged slur toward a Indonesian worker spurred violence at an Indonesian shipyard Thursday, leaving at least nine people injured and 12 cars burned, police said.
The incident took place at a shipyard at Drydocks World in Batam and security personnel deployed to the scene brought the situation under control. Batam is an island and a city near Singapore.
"It started when an Indian manager yelled 'stupid Indonesian' to an Indonesian worker," said national police representative Zainuri Lubis in a text message to CNN.
"Word caught on and it sparked the anger of around 5,000 other workers. They then attacked their employers and destroyed the buildings and cars."
Denis Welch, chief executive of Drydocks World Southeast Asia, said "what happened was criminal and we very much regret that it happened in one of our shipyards. We will work closely with the police and unions to investigate the circumstances and will take appropriate action when we understand the full extent of what happened and why."
Drydocks World Southeast Asia is part of the Dubai World group of companies.