Thursday, November 28, 2013

1) Indonesian soldier shot in Papua

1) Indonesian soldier shot  in Papua
2) Police to take stern action against separatists
3) Police chief pledges crackdown  on rioters


1) Indonesian soldier shot  in Papua
he Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Thu, November 28 2013, 2:14 PM
An Indonesian soldier was shot by a group of armed civilians on Thursday in Papua, Antara news agency reported.
The unidentified victim was shot in the head when he was on duty in the regency of Puncak Jaya at 10 a.m. local time, the report said, without giving further details.
Papua remains a hot spot with separatist rebels still hiding in the mountain jungles of Indonesia's easternmost province, which is also underdeveloped.

2) Police to take stern action against separatists

Thu, November 28 2013 15:41 | 214 Views

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - The National Police Chief General Sutarman has stated that the countrys police will take stern measures against those wanting to separate Papua from Indonesia.

"We will take firm action against groups or individuals wanting to separate Papua from Indonesia because Papua is part of Indonesia," Sutarman told the press.

The government is paying more attention to Papua and has therefore set up the Unit for the Acceleration of Development in Papua and West Papua (UP4B), particularly to speed up infrastructure construction.

With so much attention being diverted to the region, any intentions to separate from the Republic of Indonesia will not be tolerated, the general said.

The police chief has been on a working visit to Papua since Tuesday.

He signed a cooperation agreement with Public Housing Minister Djan Faridz in Sorong on Tuesday for the construction of 100 housing units for police officers stationed in Raja Ampat.

On Wednesday, General Sutarman visited the Papua Provincial Police office in Jayapura to meet the police officials stationed there. (*)
Editor: Heru


3) Police chief pledges crackdown  on rioters

Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Thu, November 28 2013, 8:07 AM

National Police chief Gen. Sutarman emphasized he would take firm action against protesters who resort to “anarchy”, including those involved in a West Papua National Committee (KNPB) rally in Jayapura recently, which turned violent and left nine people injured.

“Members of the public are allowed to express their opinions according to the rules. Freedom of expression is protected in the law on public address and the National Police will uphold it. But citizens must follow a ruling that prohibits disruption of public order,” said Sutarman on Wednesday. 

“Those who break the law or commit violence have to be punished. This includes those involved in the recent anarchy. They were also arrested for carrying illegal objects, such as traditional weapons,” said Sutarman on Wednesday during his visit to Papua. 

During the rally, held by the KNPB in Jayapura on Tuesday, the local police arrested 28 protesters. As many as nine residents were wounded in the incident.

Besides violent protests, Sutarman also said that the police would crack down on groups that intended to separate from the unitary state of Indonesia, including by strictly enforcing a ban on flying the Morning Star (Bintang Kejora) separatist flag, which West Papuans often try to raise in a special ceremony each Dec. 1. 

“The Bintang Kejora flag raising ceremony on Dec. 1 is forbidden, and those involved will be dealt with seriously,” he said.

Sutarman’s visit to Papua and West Papua was his first to the province after being appointed as National Police chief by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in October.

Before visiting the Papua Police headquarters in Jayapura, Sutarman, who was accompanied by the chief and deputy chief of the Papua Police, visited the Raja Ampat Police precinct in West Papua.

Meanwhile, the police are still investigating Tuesday’s rally. “Twenty-eight people will be questioned on the matter. One of the victims, named Syamsul Ma’arif, has undergone surgery after he was stabbed in the abdomen. His condition is improving,” said Jayapura City Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Alfred Papare.

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