French 'Spider Man' scales tower in Jakarta
Alain Robert, known for his daring stunts, climbs the 33-storey City Tower in Indonesia’s capital on Wednesda
13 November 2008
JAKARTA - A French man called "Spider Man" for his daring, illegal climbs of some of the world's tallest buildings scaled a 33-storey building in the Indonesian capital Wednesday.
Alain Robert, 46, who climbed buildings including the Eiffel Tower and Malaysia's Petronas Towers, reached the top of the City Tower with his bare hands in 40 minutes as hundreds of bystanders watched below.
After reaching the top of the building, Robert sat down and read a copy of the Jakarta Globe English-language daily, which launched on Wednesday.
Robert, who climbed without using safety equipment, was brought in for questioning by police after finishing the stunt.
"It's hard to say whether we'll charge him or not. We're just asking for more information about his climb," Central Jakarta police chief Khalidi told AFP.
Robert chose to climb the City Tower after negotiations with police broke down earlier in the day over his plan to scale the nearby Wisma Mulia tower.
The French climber, who suffers from vertigo, was arrested in June after climbing the New York Times building in New York to raise awareness about global warming, unfolding a banner halfway up the 52-storey building reading: "Global warming kills more people than 9/11 every week".
Robert was arrested but released without charge in Hong Kong in mid-April after climbing a Hong Kong hotel, also to protest global warming.
[AFP / Expatica]