1) Mimika Police Arrest Rally Coordinator over Threats to Indonesia
TEMPO.CO, Timika - Mimika Police in Papua have arrested a coordinator of a petition declaration and communal prayer held at the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) secretariat office after perceived threats to the unity of the Republic of Indonesia.
Mimika Police chief said that the KNPB activists had been warned against giving speeches and spreading propaganda that contravenes the national ideology but they ignored it.
“Since our warning has been ignored, we have taken harsh action by stopping their activity and confiscate various attributes and search the offices they had used to hold a wide range of actions,” Victor explained.
Victor added that the police will not allow rallies that could undermine the national unity.
Aside from arresting the coordinator, police also seized the Morning Star flag, banners and flyers, musical instruments and military outfits.
Shortly after the arrest, the KNPB and the Mimika People’s Regional Parliament (PRD) officials visited the Mimika Police station in Timika.
The Timika PRD deputy chairman Sem Asso denied that the rally featured political speech.
“There was no speech, only an announcement. Information was conveyed on a petition for international support,” Sem Asso said.
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4) Manokwari Airport Closed after Sriwijaya Airplane SkidsOff Runway
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Manokwari Rendani Airport in Papua is temporarily closed until 9 pm UTC (6 pm local time) after a Boeing B737-300 belonging to private carrier Sriwijaya Air skids off and blocked the runway.
“The airport is temporarily closed to give a chance to officers and the National Transportation Safety Committee [KNKT] team to remove the plane to a safer place that will not disturb flights. We have issued the NOTAM pertaining to the issue,” the Transportation Ministry official Pramintohadi Sukarno said Wednesday.
Airport authorities and relevant parties are currently removing the aircraft and the Directorate of Airworthiness and Airplane Operations is probe the case, Pramintohadi said. The KNKT team will also investigate the causes of the incident.
At 00:10 am UTC (9:10 pm local time), a Boeing B737-300 belonging to Sriwijaya Air skids off the runway of Rendani Airport as rain lashes the region.
The aircraft carried 146 passengers.