Monday, December 28, 2015

1) Take stern measures against attackers in Papua: VP

2) Joko’s Visit to Papua Unchanged Despite Attack
3) Shooting incident not related  to Jokowi visit: Religious  leader -
4) Bodies of shooting victims  removed to Jayapura
5) Gunmen kill 3 police in Indonesia’s troubled Papua
6) Attackers Kill 3 Policemen in Indonesia’s Papua Province
7) Joko Widodo to visit Papua
8) Trigana aircraft was not shot at during flight

1) Take stern measures against attackers in Papua: VP
Senin, 28 Desember 2015 23:07 WIB
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Vice President Jusuf Kalla has directed the security agencies to take stern measures against those involved in the attack on the Sinak police precinct in the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua.  

"We must uphold the law everywhere in Indonesia. Anyone found guilty must face the strong arm of the law," he said here on Monday.

The vice president said both the military and the police will take strong steps to uphold the law in the area.

He said he was yet to receive a report from the National Police chief regarding the incident.

The attack on the Sinak police precinct came two days before President Joko Widodos scheduled visit to Papua on Tuesday. The visit will continue till the advent of the New Year.

Kalla said the security agencies will step up security during the presidents visit.

A group of unidentified people had attacked the police precinct on Sunday night, killing three police officers and leaving two others injured, Papua Provincial Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw said.  

The attackers also took away seven firearms of different types and several rounds of ammunition.(*)
2) Joko’s Visit to Papua Unchanged Despite Attack
By : Farouk Arnaz | on 5:12 PM December 28, 2015

Jakarta. President Joko Widodo will not cancel plans to visit the province of Papua after a police station in the restive province was attacked by armed assailants, killing three police officers, a senior government official confirmed on Monday.
“Despite the shooting, which led to the deaths of three police officers, the president has not changed his intentions to celebrate New Year in Papua,” Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said at the state palace, as quoted by Tempo.
The Indonesian Military [TNI] in Papua, which is handling the security detail of Joko's three-day visit, have deemed the towns Joko plans to visit — Merauke, Wamena and Raja Ampat — safe and secure.
“This [shooting] will be taken into consideration but the president is sure it will be dealt with and has confidence in the TNI's security assessment,” Pramono said.
He added that Joko is further convinced spending New Year's Eve in Papua would prove the government's commitment to developing the resource-rich but severely underdeveloped province.
The Sinak subdistrict police station in Papua's Puncak district was attacked by a barrage of gunfire at 8.45 p.m. on Sunday, police said.
Three police officers manning the station were killed in the incident and another officer wounded. Several assailants then broke in to the headquarters' armory, stealing seven assault riffles and a crate of ammunition.
Police sent a joint team which included 30 officers from the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) to Sinak using a Twin Otter airplane operated by Trigana on Monday morning.
National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Suharsono said the pilot cancelled his landing after hearing what he believed were gunshots. Suharsono said it is not yet known what the pilot heard, but maintained they were not shots being fired.
"The plane eventually landed [in Sinak] and the officers are on the scene," Suharsono said.
The plane returned from Sinak to transport the four victims of the shooting.

The remains of the slain officers — First. Brig. Ridho, Second. Brig. Arman and Second Brig. Ilham — are being taking to the homes of their families in Maluku, Papua and West Papua respectively.

3) Shooting incident not related  to Jokowi visit: Religious  leader -

Nethy Dharma Somba,, Jayapura | National | Mon, December 28 2015, 9:20 PM -

The recent shooting incident in Sinak, Puncak regency, Papua, in which three police officers were killed, had no connection with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to visit Papua at the end of the year, a religious leader has said.
“The shooting incident was only a sign of the unresolved hierarchical conflict between the Indonesian government and Papua’s indigenous people, especially those who identify as members of the separatist Free Papua Movement [OPM]. The conflicts are ongoing,” said Papua Peace Network (JDP) coordinator Rev. Neles Tebay on Monday.
He said that violent tactics had been a common response to problems during the 52 years of Papua’s integration with the Republic of Indonesia, but that violence had not been able resolve the problems. Instead, he said, violent tactics had only triggered revenge attacks and created a vicious circle of retribution.
Neles said that more civilians and members of security forces would fall victim to the conflict if the government did not find a proper solution.
“JDP still believes that the violent hierarchical conflict in Papua can be ended peacefully by all stakeholders,” the reverend said.
“Violent hierarchical conflict between the government and OPM members cannot be resolved by simply calling on them to leave their shelters in the forests and return to their home villages to work on development projects. Such appeals have been proven to be ineffective,” he added.
Rev. Neles recalled that in one effort to end the conflict, Indonesian security authorities had air dropped thousands of Bibles to Papuan forest areas with the hope that OPM members would find the Bibles, read them, repent and agree to end their separatist movement. However, the method was not successful.
“Therefore, it’s time for the government and OPM members to seek a realistic solution to end this hierarchical conflict,” said Neles.
He said that the JDP had suggested that the solution be pursued through a dialogue involving government and OPM representatives. 
“In the dialogue, the two parties should not blame and point fingers at each other, but jointly identify core problems and seek solutions that are acceptable to both the government and OPM members,” said Neles. (ebf)
4) Bodies of shooting victims  removed to Jayapura
Nethy Dharma Somba,, Jayapura | Archipelago | Mon, December 28 2015, 8:21 PM -

Unresolved conflict: Again, an shooting has happened in Papua, in which a group of armed civilians have shot dead three police officers at the Sinak Police station in Puncak regency, Papua, on Sunday evening. The police are investigating motives of the deadly attack. (Illustration by Kompas/Handining) 

The bodies of three National Police members killed in a shooting at the Sinak Police office in Puncak regency, Papua, on Sunday evening – First Brig. Ilham, First Brig. Ridho Matdoan and Second Brig. Muhammad Arman Syah – have been flown to Jayapura.
Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw flew from Jayapura to Sinak to monitor first-hand the scene at Sinak Police station after the attack and the removal of the victims’ bodies to Jayapura on a Dimonim Air aircraft.
The three police officers were shot dead by an armed civilian group in an attack on the Sinak Police station at around 8:35 p.m. local time on Sunday.
It was reported that five Sinak Police officers were watching TV in a guard room when around 25 armed civilians attacked the station and shot them. Two of the five police officers, Second Brig. Ryan and Second Brig. Dumapa, managed to escape the attack. They ran to a nearby Military Sub-District Command (Koramil) post located around 300 meters from the police station and sought help.
Papua Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Rudolf Patrick said in Jayapura that a shooting sound was reportedly heard once from an area behind the Sinak Police station before the armed civilian group reportedly broke through the back door of the station.
He further explained that the back door of the station had been closed prior to the incident but it was suspected that DK, a local resident who had been working as a non-permanent staff member at the office for four years, had opened it for the armed civilian group members.
“Our temporary analysis of the incident is that the shooting sound was a cue for DK to open the back door. After the attack, DK disappeared together with the group,” said Rudolf.
He said a forensic team from the Bhayangkara Police Hospital in Jayapura would conduct an autopsy on the bodies before they were handed over to their families.
“This is partly to reveal what munitions they used to shoot our members,” said Rudolf.
He said it was suspected that the armed civilian group wanted to kill the police officers at the station to steal weapons.
“Details on the types of weapons and munitions taken during the attack are not yet known,” said Rudolf.
Information obtained by mentioned that among the weapons taken away by the armed civilian group were two AK rifles, three Mauser guns and two SS1 rifles as well as one case of munitions.
Meanwhile, Papua Peace Network (JDP) coordinator Rev. Neles Tebay said the shooting incident was a signal for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to immediately open a dialogue with Papuans, including members of the separatist Free Papua Movement (OPM).
He admitted that the Indonesian government and security authorities had made various attempts to end conflict in Papua but none of them had been successful at winving the hearts of OPM members. (ebf)———————————————————————-
5) Gunmen kill 3 police in Indonesia’s troubled Papua
Security forces investigating which group behind attack during which assault rifles, ammunition were stolen from police station
By Ainur Rohmah
JAKARTA – Three Indonesian policemen have been killed and two others injured in an attack on their station in eastern Papua province, home to a decades-long insurgency for independence.
The national police declared Monday that it was too early to say whether the gunmen involved in the incident the night before belonged to the Free Papua Organization (OPM) separatist group.
“It’s too early [to conclude the OPM] are the perpetrators. There are many possibilities. This could be criminal or political motives,” the force’s spokesperson Anton Charliyan said.
“This could be cleared if [those responsible] are arrested. The police cannot guess,” MetroTV broadcast him saying.
During the attack in Puncak regency, the gunmen also seized seven assault rifles and a crate of ammunition.
Papua Regional Police suspect the assailants had criminal motives such as seizing weapons to strengthen their group, rather than the attack being related to President Joko Widodo’s planned visit to Papua to celebrate the New Year. quoted spokesperson Patrige Renwarin as saying, “because even without the arrival of the president, armed criminal groups still carry out attacks against officials and civilians.”
He added that since the attack occurred while officers were watching television and chatting, police suspect that a personnel member at the station had informed the gunmen about their “careless condition.”
Pledging to pursue those responsible, he said, “in our raids, we will try to catch the perpetrators alive or dead.”
Three platoons of troops have been deployed to pursue the groups that may have been involved.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Tjahjo Kumolo told Kompas that he suspected that a small group operating in an area of ​​Sinak district and known as Lekagak Telengge — or Tenggamati – was behind the attack.
Papua Governor Lukas Enembe has called on police to be vigilant in “vulnerable areas” where armed groups “threaten the public, and arbitrarily take livestock belonging to the community.”
Papua has been home to a low-level insurgency ever since the former Dutch colony was transferred to Indonesian rule in 1963. Despite its wealth of resources, the province is among the most impoverished and has witnessed the arrest of political prisoners and alleged abuses by security forces over the decades.
In Feb. 2013, seven unarmed military personnel were killed by armed groups in Sinak while trying to unload communications equipment that had arrived by plane.
In May, Indonesian President Joko Widodo pardoned five political prisoners in Papua and announced that foreign journalists would no longer need special permission for visits — which had also been restricted to human rights activists, aid workers and researchers.
After pledging to develop the region, the government of Widodo — who took office in October following a populist campaign — allocated $460 million for infrastructure projects in Papua this year focusing on roads, bridges, irrigation and sanitation.

6) Attackers Kill 3 Policemen in Indonesia’s Papua Province


A group of about 15 gunmen attacked a police station in Indonesia's restive Papua province, killing three officers and wounding two others, police said Monday.
Local police spokesman Col. Patrige Renwarin said the assailants attacked the station in Sinak town in the mountainous district of Puncak late Sunday while the victims were watching television.
He said the attackers took away seven assault rifles and a crate of ammunition.
Police are investigating the motive for the attack, which occurred ahead of a planned visit by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to the province.
Jokowi is planning to visit Papua to celebrate the New Year in the province, where a giant U.S.-owned mine run by Phoenix, Arizona-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. is located.
In the capital, Jakarta, national police spokesman Maj. Gen. Anton Charliyan said it was too early to say whether the attackers were from separatist groups operating in the region.
A low-level insurgency for independence has continued in the region since it was transferred from Dutch to Indonesian rule in 1963.
In 2013, gunmen killed seven unarmed soldiers in Sinak, about 3,500 kilometers (2,175 miles) east of Jakarta.

7) Joko Widodo to visit Papua

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The Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, will today begin a three-day tour of Papua to inaugurate a number of development projects.
According to the Anatara news agency, the president is due to inaugurate a new office building for the local government in Jayawijaya district.
He is also expected to start a project to expand Wamena's airport, which will allow it to accommodate larger aircraft like the Boeing 737.
In Merauke, Indonesia's easternmost city near Papua New Guinea, Jokowi is scheduled to attend the inauguration of a 10,000-hectare plantation.
Officials say Joko will spend New Year’s Eve in Waisai, which is the seat of West Papua's Raja Ampat district and a renowned diving and marine tourism site.
8) Trigana aircraft was not shot at during flight
Senin, 28 Desember 2015 15:43 WIB
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The National Police Headquarters denied on Monday that a Twin Otter aircraft carrying Papua Provincial Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw was shot at during its flight to Puncak Jaya District earlier in the day.

"The aircraft was not shot at during flight. The truth is that they heard the sounds of firearms," Chief of the Public Information Division at the National Police Headquarters Senior Commissioner Suharsono noted.

Suharsono said the pilot informed him that the Trigana aircraft was not fired upon. He also remarked that the aircraft was intact. 

Inspector General Waterpauw, accompanied by Puncak Jaya District Head Willem Wandik and some officials of the Papua Provincial Police, left for Sinak in Puncak Jaya aboard a Trigana Twin Otter aircraft to review the security situation in the wake of an attack on the Sinak police precinct on Sunday night.

Three police officers were killed, and two others sustained bullet injuries during the attack.

The attackers also took away seven firearms of AK-47 and SS types belonging to the police. 

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