Attempts at PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) to rescue workers trapped in a tunnel in the Big Gossan training facility in Mimika regency, Papua, have been hampered by the confined and restricted space within the tunnel.
Papua Police chief spokesman Sr. Comr. I Gede Sumerta Jaya said that the tunnel remained unstable. The incident is located approximately 500 meters from the entrance of the Big Gossan Mine.
“The evacuation process is carried out manually by enclosing the walls and ceiling of the tunnel with timber beams to hold falling earth,” said Sumerta in Jayapura on Wednesday.
Rescuers continue to pump air into the tunnel to maintain an adequate supply of oxygen.
On Tuesday, dozens of PTFI workers were buried by a landslide during safety training at the Big Gossan training site at around 7:45 a.m. local time.
The evacuation is being carried out by PTFI rescuers, local police officers and Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Papua Police data showed 14 of the 41 miners trapped in the tunnel had been evacuated and 27 remained trapped.
A press release dispatched by PT FI corporate communications department disclosed that of the 39 people taking part in a training session, four of them were killed, 10 survived and 25 were missing.
The deceased were identified as Mateus Marandof, Selpianus Edowai, Yapinus Tabuni and Aan Nugraha.
“This is a very sad day for us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families and we will continue to do our best to evacuate the remaining workers,” said PTFI president director Rozik B. Soetjipto in a statement.
The 10 survivors were taken to the company hospital in Tembagapura and are currently in a stable condition. One was airlifted to Jakarta on Wednesday morning for further treatment, while five others are scheduled to be airlifted on Thursday.
PTFI, an Indonesian affiliate of US-based miner Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., operates the Grasberg Mine in Papua, which has the largest gold reserves and the second-largest copper mine in the world.
Similar incidents have occurred at the PTFI mining area. In December 2009, a worker died and four others suffered injuries in a landslide. In May 2008, at least 20 Papuan gold miners were buried in a landslide at PTFI’s tailing area due to two days of heavy rain. The victims were not employees of PTFI.
A landslide in November 2007 injured 13 workers, while in March 2006, two people were killed and another missing after a landslide buried a cafeteria employee at the Grasberg mine.
Previous landslide incidents
December 2009 A worker died and four others suffered injuries in a landslide at the company’s mining site.
May 2008 At least 20 Papuan gold miners were buried in a landslide at PTFI’s tailing area due to two days of heavy rain. The victims were not employees of PTFI.
November 2007 A landslide injured 13 workers. March 2006 Two people were killed and another missing after a landslide buried a cafeteria employee at the Grasberg mine. October 2003 A massive landslide killed eight employees, injuring five and six others missing.
2) Hundreds of People Protest Incident Yalimo May 1st and Supports Launch OPM Office in Oxford
May 15, 2013 By: willaks Category: News
Hundreds of People Protest Yalimo Inseden May 1
Yalimo, KNPBnews: KNPB Yalimo Yalimo mediation hundreds of people to express their opinions in public. This protest was the capital city of Yalimo in Elelim. was attended by hundreds of people from various places in Yalimo, they gathered in front of the District Office and the highway agency-Elelim Wamena. Coordinator peaceful demonstration in Yalimo Loho and Yerimos Mabel Teo and as Chairman of the KNPB Yalimo responsible Wene Gombo, their coordination to police Chief Yalimo. Successful negotiations, Chief Yalimo agreed to do a peaceful demonstration, this time it is for demonstration in Yalimo from start to finish runs safely to completion.
People protest action undertaken KNPN Yalimo on May 13, 2013 beginning of Time: 09.00-14: 50 WP. This continues as long as 5 hours of speeches-speeches expressed their opinions on these peace protests. speeches delivered from the various components present in this peaceful protest dianataranya, Shop Church, Indigenous leaders, NGO representatives, students, women leaders, TPNPB-OPM and Message from the Chairman KNPB Yalimo.
Peaceful protest is the orator after another continues to deliver the same demands, among others:
Governor, Commander and Chief of Police is responsible for the incident Aimas, Sorong, and immediately release political prisoners in Timika, Sorong, Biak and Serui.
Urged Jakarta to open access International Journalists and Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur to Papua.
Fully support their upper bukanya OPM Office in Oxford and urged the government of Papua and West Papua Vanuatu registering as a permanent member of the Melanesian Spearhead Groups (MSG).
Demands in a speech delivered a few representative core of these three things. not only in speech but a banner reading demands, they take it as he yells "Free Papua" "referendum Yes" until they march along a highway Wamena-side Elelim Yalimo Regent Office.
A google translate of article on KNPB web page (+photos). Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
Stop Military Action, Immediate Solutions For Peace Referendum
From the past until now, the parties continued to torture, terrorize, steal and kill Papuans are military - police. West Papua since the territory unilaterally controlled by the interests of Indonesia and the United States, human values Papuans are considered as animals and treated like animals.
The shooting of 3 natives in Aimas - Sorong which resulted in deaths and the arrest and detention of seven people in Sorong Police; 15 arrests and torture of indigenous Papuans in Timika; arrest and torture of citizens in Biak 5; 1 arrest and detention of citizens in Papua Serui these are real examples of the behavior of the TNI / Police were on duty in West Papua. There are still many cases - similar sad cases in all corners of West Papua which was never recorded. And finally we Papuan people should be aware that the Republic of Indonesia and the U.S. capitalist roaders we were gutted for the sake of the Papuans lust of power and natural resources of Papua.
The shooting at Aimas - Sorong Kingdom in commemoration of the Annexation of Papua into the Republic of Indonesia to 50 is purely military action - Indonesian police in Sorong. Investigation teams and investigators from the Independent NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION (Komnas HAM) in Jakarta and Papua, have been investigated and reported cases of human rights violation.
Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in a press release on the official website of the UN dipublikasihkan, on Thursday 2 Agustua, 2013, after the shooting victims and the arrest occurred on May 1, 2013. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Indonesia URGENT press to make room for a peaceful demonstration and RESPONSIBILITY murder and imprisonment in West Papua. He also urged Indonesia to allow journalists to West Papua Indonesia and facilitate The Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council to West Papua.
From our first West Papuan struggle for the historical truth that the Act of 1969 is full of manipulation. That's the root of the problem. Why the Republic of Indonesia continues to cover the root of the problem with torturing and killing the people of West Papua to the stigma OPM separatists and terrorists? We unequivocally say that torture, arrest and killing will never solve the problems in Papua, and it will injure the face of Indonesia at the International. Ways and the democratic peace is a referendum, not menyikasa and kill Papuans.
Therefore, the West Papua National Committee in Sorong district Kingdom, the People's Parliament Sar (PRD) Sorong, Papua Customary Council in Sorong, WPNA, NGOs, the Church and the Association - Association Pangguyuban in Sorong region, hereby declare that:7
We are all people of West Papua strongly condemn the perpetrators of the shooting that resulted in three people dead and two others severely injured, in Aimas Sorong
Police Chief, Commander, Governor of Papua and West Papua, segerah responsible for the shootings, torture and detention of indigenous people in Aimas - Sorong, Biak, Serui and Timika Papua.