Tuesday, August 13, 2013

1) Papua: soldier damage St Mary Magdalene Parish Church

1) Papua: soldier damage St Mary Magdalene Parish Church
2) Papua police to organize  flag-hoisting ceremony  on Cartenz peak

08/13/2013 15:30

1) Papua: soldier damage St Mary Magdalene Parish Church
by Mathias Haryadi
Special Forces carried out an operation against arms trafficking for the local independence movement. The desecration took place at the end of a Sunday Mass. Catholics are surprised and bewildered by the insult. A search in the building yielded no weapons.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) - Indonesian security forces broke down the front door of St Mary Magdalene Parish Church in Paniai Regency, Papua, a province in eastern Indonesia that is rich in oil and minerals.
The desecration of the sacred place took place at the end of a Sunday Mass as part of a joint national police-army operation against arms trafficking involving a local separatist group.
According to local activists, early on Sunday 4 August, soldiers surprised the local Catholic community by ordering them to feed some pigs, not unusual among native Papuans who traditionally breed pigs. Meanwhile, the security forces inspected the parish church but came up empty handed.
An officer ordered a parishioner to open the doors to the sacristy, where vestments and other sacred objects are kept. However, because finding the key was taking its time, one of the soldiers decided to kick down the door. Nothing was found in the building's attic and basement, no weapons, ammunitions or explosives.
The soldiers eventually went away, leaving parishioners under shock, bewildered and angry for the damages caused to their place of worship.
In 2001, Indonesian authorities adopted a law granting the province "special autonomy". In practice though, the law has never been implemented and indigenous Papuans are still complaining of "unfair treatment".
When Indonesia's first president Sukarno was in power, Papua was placed under temporary Indonesian control in accordance with an agreement brokered by the United Nations. Eventually, this led to the territory's annexation by Indonesia in 1969.
In time, the iron fist used by the Suharto regime (1967-1998) and the massive invasion of Indonesian companies and foreign multinationals gave rise to a separatist movement.
Former President Abdurrahman Wahid confirmed the province's current name of Papua in 2002.


2) Papua police to organize  flag-hoisting ceremony  on Cartenz peak
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Tue, August 13 2013, 3:52 PM
Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian has announced a plan to conduct a flag-hoisting ceremony on Papua highest peak, Mount Cartenz, on Wednesday.  The ceremony is part of a series of activities to observe the country’s 68th Independence Day, which falls every Aug. 17.
Mimika Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Rontini separately said that participants would take six hours to hike to the peak of the mountain from Tembagapura subdistrict. On the way to the peak, the participants will clean the surroundings to honor the mountain, which is a designated national park and world heritage site, Antara news reported on Tuesday.
Cartenz peak is 4,884 meters above sea level and is the highest peak in the South Pacific and is among the prestigious Seven Summits of the world.
Many believe that the move has been organized to prove that Papua is safe after a string of attacks on both civilians and authorities.(hrl/dic)


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