Friday, August 31, 2012

1) Investigation Continues Into Attack on Trucks in Papua

1) Investigation Continues Into Attack on Trucks in Papua

2) Papuans rally in C. Java against violence
3) Defending West Papuan activism
4) Hillary Clinton expected in Jakarta on Monday


1) Investigation Continues Into Attack on Trucks in Papua
Banjir Ambarita | August 31, 2012

Police in Papua’s Puncak Jaya district are investigating a shooting on Wednesday evening that left one truck driver fighting for his life. 

Two trucks carrying building materials and staple goods were stopped in the Tingginambut area of Puncak Jaya by armed men, who opened fire on the vehicles before setting them ablaze. 

One of the drivers, identified as Tilu, was shot in the neck and chest and is in critical condition at a Jayapura hospital. 

Papua Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Johanes Nugroho Wicaksono said police officers working under heavy security had processing the crime scene . 

“The two trucks, which were carrying staple goods and building materials, were set on fire. We have taken them to Mulia, the capital of Puncak Jaya,” he said. 

The police are still gathering information from witnesses, he said, and are searching for the perpetrators with the assistance of the military. 

Johanes said the two trucks were part of a convoy, but he did not specify if they had become separated from the other trucks. 

“There was a convoy of 30 trucks crossing through Tingginambut from Jayawijaya, headed for Mulia. They were carrying staple goods and building supplies for Mulia residents,” he said. 

Authorities are beefing up security along the Wamena-Mulia route. 

“A joint team of military and police personnel has been dispatched to the area,” Johanes said. “But for the time being, it’s unlikely that any convoy will dare to cross through the area.” 

The spokesman declined to speculate on the identity of the attackers. 

“It’s true that Tingginambut is the territory of Goliat Tabuni, the OPM leader in Puncak Jaya, but the police don’t want to speculate,” he said. “We will only talk in facts. So, for the time being, we will call them [unidentified people].” 

OPM is the Free Papua Organization 

A witness said the attackers fired on the trucks from about three meters away. “They used an AK-47,” said the witness. 

The witness, who did not want to be identified, said the attackers were believed to be Goliat Tabuni’s men. The reason for the attack, according to the witness, was that the truck drivers had not paid the rebels to pass through the area.

2) Papuans rally in C. Java against violence

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Dozens of Papuans in Semarang and Salatiga in Central Java and Yogyakarta rallied in front of Semarang Police headquarters on Thursday, urging the government to take steps to stop violence in Papua.

The Papuans, grouped under the aegis of National Solidarity of Papua (Napas), urged the government to withdraw Indonesian Military (TNI) troops from the province, set up a dialogue between Papuan leaders and the central government and form a team to investigate the violence.

“There have been some shootings in Papua. We are worried for the safety of our friends and relatives safety,” Otis, the coordinator of the rally, said on Thursday.

Four people, including police officer Brig. Yohan Kisiwaitoi, were killed during recent attacks by unidentified perpetrators in Papua.

“We are afraid that all the attacks are just parts of the strategy of some people who want to tear us Papuans apart,” Otis added.

Similar protests also occurred in some other cities such as Jakarta; Bandung and Bogor, West Java; and Malang and Surabaya, East Java.


3) Defending West Papuan activism

Updated Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:27pm AEST
Australia has raised hackles in Jakarta over Canberra's response to an ABC report accusing an Indonesian counter-terrorism unit of human rights violations in West Papua. Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has called on Jakarta to investigate the killing of a West Papuan activist Mako Tabuni. Jennifer Robinson is an Australian lawyer best known for representing Julian Assange. But for a decade she was deeply involved in providing legal assistance to West Papuan activists.
Source: Newsline | Duration: 8min 17sec

4) Hillary Clinton expected in Jakarta on Monday

Thu, August 30 2012 21:44 | 128 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet with her Indonesian counterpart Marty M. Natalegawa here on Monday to discuss bilateral and other issues, the foreign ministry office said. 

They will discuss strategic partnership between Indonesia and the United States and other issues of interest to both countries , P.L.E. Priatna, the information and media director at the foreign ministry, said here on Thursday. 

The two ministers will hold joint new conference after the meeting, a release from the foreign office said.(*)
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