In what might be one of the world’s strangest Independence Day fireworks displays, Indonesia sank 38 boats seized for illegal fishing this week. Four were local, but 34 of them came from neighboring countries like Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia.

As part of Indonesia’s 70th Independence Day festivities, five of the boats were laden with small explosives and sent to the bottom of the ocean Tuesday. Indonesia’s Minister of Maritime and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti said the mass sinking was a show of strength to make clear that the country is serious about its territorial integrity and maritime sovereignty. Read more…

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Indonesia sinks 34 of its neighbors’ boats to celebrate Independence Day, and Vietnam isn’t happy