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Jakarta: train stowaways now dodging goop mops

Undeterred by concrete pendulums, riders to face putrid sludge
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Commuters sit on top of a train as it pulls out of Palmerah station during rush hour in Jakarta, 29 June 2004. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

If ducking skull-bashing concrete balls won't deter them, perhaps this will.

The broke commuters who hitch rides atop Jakarta's trains now face city workers flinging putrid waste.

The goop wars begin today, the Jakarta Globe reports. A railway official tells the Associated Press that "some people say its inhumane, but that’s fine ... letting them ride on the roofs is even more inhumane.”

Indonesian authorities have, so far, used concrete pendulums, attack dogs, paintball guns and the entreaties of Muslim clerics to ward stowaways off commuter trains.

Could Jakarta train surfing more closely resemble a terrifying video game?

And what exactly is that goop made of?

http://www.globalpost.com/globalpost-blogs/southeast-asia/jakarta_train_riders_goop