Thursday, April 10, 2014

1) Police confirm armed civilian group behind recent firefight in Papua

1) Police confirm armed civilian group behind recent firefight in Papua
2) Shootings Mar Election in Papua
3) 'The Indonesian System Is Used To Destroy Papuans'
1) Police confirm armed civilian group behind recent firefight in Papua
Thu, April 10 2014 19:19 | 328 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The police force confirmed that an armed civilian group was responsible for the recent armed conflict in the Puncak Jaya district, Papua.

"The perpetrators were not from the Papua Free Organization (OPM) but belonged to an armed civilian group," National Police chief General Sutarman told ANTARA News here on Thursday.

He said the clash between the group and the Battalion 751 members was not connected with the recent general election.

"It was not connected with the general election," he added.

The armys head of information division Brigadier General Andika Perkasa said the army was still hunting for the group members following the conflict in Puncak Jaya on Wednesday.

"We continued to look for the six people who escaped after the conflict. They fled toward a ravine near the scene of the conflict, but we know that a few of them were wounded," Brigadier General Andika Perkasa said.

He admitted that the 17th Military Command members had known about the movement of the group in Puncak Jaya, following intelligence reports that it had received in the past week. 

Following the information, the military sent a seven-member team to patrol the area led by Captain Suchori from the task force to secure the vulnerable region under the jurisdiction of Battalion 751.

"Later, it was proved that the information was correct. At around 8.05 a. m. on Wednesday, a gun fight broke out between the team and the radical group of seven people in Puncak Senyum in Distrik Mulia, Puncak Jaya," he said.

Due to the incident, a member named Waniyo Enumbi from the Philia group led by Rambo/Engkaranggo Wonda was killed, while six others fled.

"The patrol team confiscated an SS-1 V-5 rifle, a machete and an arrow," Andika said.

No one from the Battalion 751 team was wounded in the clash.

(Reporting by Juwita Trisna Rahayu/Uu.H-YH/INE/KR-BSR/O001)
Editor: Priyambodo RH

THURSDAY, 10 APRIL, 2014 | 21:26 WIB
2) Shootings Mar Election in Papua
TEMPO.COJayapura - Two shootings marred the legislative election in Papua yesterday. The first occurred on the border area between Indonesia and Papua Nugini in Skow near Jayapura, during the early hours of the morning. Shooting happened again at 08.30 at Senyum Peak, Puncak Jaya Regency, killing Wakanio Enumbi, a member of a militant group.
Maj. Gen. Christian Zebua, Cendrawasih Military Region XVII commander, said that the second shooting was carried out by a militant group. "Seven of our members were patrolling and were ambushed by the group at the border guard post," he said yesterday.
Crossfire occurred between the Indonesian military units and the attackers, resulting in Wakanio's death. "We found a SS1 gun and 17 ammunitions," he said. The body was taken to Mulia General Hospital in Puncak Jaya. Wakanio was allegedly in the list of wanted people who attacked Pirime police precinct at Lanny Jaya Regency, in 2012.
Before the yesterday's shootings, similar incidents also happened in Skow the previous week, resulting in one casualty. According to Christian, the suspect was an Indonesian citizen who lived in Papua Nugini. After the incident, Army Col. Herman Asaribab, the 172/Praja Wira Yakti military commander, held a meeting with Maj. Pater of the Papua Nugini border military commander during which both agreed to keep the border area safe and peaceful.


west papua 10 Apr 2014

3) 'The Indonesian System Is Used To Destroy Papuans'

By Marni Cordell and Alex Rayfield

Two West Papuans who were beaten by Indonesian police for organising a protest in support of political prisoners have told NM about their horrific injuries. Marni Cordell and Alex Rayfield report
Two West Papuan students say they were kicked, called “monkeys” and struck with a cattle-prod style instrument by Indonesian police after being arrested at a rally for West Papuan political prisoners last Wednesday.
Alfares Kapissa, 27, and Yali Wenda, 19, told New Matilda they were severely injured during 36 hours in police custody after being arrested for their involvement in the protest at Cenderawasih University in Jayapura.
Similar rallies were held around the globe, including in Melbourne, last week to call for the release of dozens of West Papuans imprisoned for speaking out against the Indonesian state.
West Papuans regularly receive long jail terms for holding demonstrations, raising the banned morning star flag, and for other acts that are deemed a threat to Indonesian sovereignty over West Papua. According to data from Papuans Behind Bars, political arrests in West Papua are increasing.
Wenda told NM he participated in the protest because “all our leaders are in prison — many of my elders are in prison without any good reason”. From Jayapura, he described what happened when police arrived to arrest him and Kapissa, who were targeted as organisers of the rally.
“The police grabbed Alfares first, then they grabbed me,” he told NM. “They threw me into the truck. Some of my friends tried to stop the police but they weren't able. The police fired their rifles into the air and released tear gas.
“Once in the truck the police beat me. I was hit hard on the ear with a rifle butt then they beat me on the back and on other parts of my body.
“I tried to protect myself then one of the policemen grabbed a baton made of rattan and stabbed me on the foot. Then they twisted it hard on my foot, piercing my skin. By that stage I was lying on the floor of the truck.”
Wenda said that during a 25-minute trip to the police station, he and Kapissa were both struck numerous times in the face and eyes, and that police used a long instrument like a cattle prod or stun gun to deliver what felt like electric shocks. He said he was so badly beaten that “until now I can’t even eat rice, only porridge”.
“While I was in the truck the police held me down with a shield and electrocuted me. I just tried to hold my head. I screamed but the police yelled 'quiet' then hit me again. When they electrocuted me my arms went out from body. I could not control them and I could not protect myself.
“There were about 10 or so police. They all took turns at beating me. Most of them were from Java, two were Papuan. The police called us ‘stupid students’, ‘monkeys’ and ‘dogs’. They told us we would die, that we would never get freedom,” he said.

Alfares Kapissa, with injuries sustained in police custody including marks on his neck from a stun gun

When the duo arrived at the police station Wenda told NM they were put in a cell with other prisoners and spent the night sleeping on the floor. The next morning they were questioned by police, without a lawyer.
“[The police] asked us who else was involved in the action, if we knew certain people or where they lived,” Wenda said. “The police said there was no need to demonstrate. They asked why we were involved in the action, why we wanted to demonstrate to free political prisoners.”
“The police wrote a statement. I saw the police write that we weren't beaten then they forced us to sign it. They also asked us to sign a statement that we would not carry out any other demonstrations. The police accused us of being criminals, of attacking them when in fact it was the police who beat us.
“We complained that what the police wrote was not right but the police just forced us to sign the statement,” he said.
The pair said they were released at midnight on Thursday and that they visited a hospital the following day where they were told they had no broken bones. “But they told us that if we wanted [the medical report] we would have to ask the police for permission,” Wenda said.
Kapissa told NM, “The doctor took photos [of the injuries] and I asked for a copy but then the police intelligence arrived. That’s when the doctor said to me and the police that there’s nothing wrong with me, I’m fine.”
“But I feel really different. I feel really hurt,” he said.
Since being released, Wenda said he had twice been visited by police intelligence officers, who asked him if he was afraid after being beaten.
“I am determined to keep doing what I can for the [West Papuan] people,” he said.
“Some of my family have been imprisoned. Some have been killed.
“Indonesian soldiers tied up my nana then they shot her dead in front in my eyes. In 2003 my uncle was shot dead by the army. Another time when I was in high school, I was also almost shot. Instead my friend, Agus Wenda, was shot. He died instantly," Wenda said.
“I signed the police statement but I told the police I would still demonstrate. The longer we wait the more Papuans disappear. The Indonesian system is used to destroy us as Papuans. That is why I want to resist. The system has to be changed.”

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