Saturday, August 16, 2014

1) Papuans urge French journos’ release

1) Papuans urge French journos’  release
2) Papuan police detain 14  after six deaths

3) Papua Police Detain Six Suspected Timika Killers

1) Papuans urge French journos’  release
Bambang Muryanto, The Jakarta Post, Yogyakarta | Archipelago | Sat, August 16 2014, 10:42 AM

Hundreds of Papuan students in Yogyakarta affiliated with the Papuan Students Alliance (AMP) rallied in Yogyakarta on Friday, demanding the release of two French journalists being held by the Papua Police.

“We urge the government to immediately release the two French journalists [being] held in Papua,” AMP spokesman Abby Douw said in an address to the crowd in the Titik Nol area.

As reported earlier, the Papua Police have arrested the two French nationals, Thomas Charles Dandois, 40, and Valentine Bourrat, 29, on accusations that the two were doing journalism in Papua on tourist visas. 

The AMP criticized the Indonesian government for the arrest, saying the act was undemocratic and that the two individuals were merely carrying out their journalistic tasks.

The students marched from a Papua student dormitory on Jl. Kusumanegara to Titik Nol under tight police escort. Along the journey, the students also chanted that Papua was not part of Indonesia.

“The Aug. 16, 1961 New York Agreement, signed between Indonesia and the Netherlands concerning the future of Papua, is illegal, as it did not include Papuan representatives,” said Abby.

The AMP urged the Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police personnel to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Papua.

The rally became tense as a group of men calling themselves the “Peace Loving Yogyakarta Community” suddenly appeared. 

They unfurled banners saying “Papua + Jogja = NKRI (Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia)“, “Jogja residents love Papua. Papua is part of NKRI”, and “Papua is part of NKRI, NKRI or death”.

When members of the Peace Loving Yogyakarta Community approached the AMP crowd, police stepped in to prevent them. Police then created a buffer zone of several meters between the two 

One member of the Peace Loving Yogyakarta Community threatened to attack the AMP group if they remained on location past 12 p.m., but the event ended without incident after police escorted the student group back to the dormitory.


2) Papuan police detain 14  after six deaths
The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Sat, August 16 2014, 8:54 AM

Police are still detaining and intensively questioning 14 Timika residents over their possible involvement in the deaths of six people following a communal clash.
“Yes, they are still being questioned intensively,” Papuan Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Sulistyo Pudjo said on Friday.
Although, the police claimed the situation had returned to normal, hundreds of police officers were still stationed in several places in Timika.
The clashes erupted on Tuesday following the death of a Dani tribe leader, identified as Korea Waker, whose decapitated body was found floating in the Kali Merah River in Longpon-Pigapu village on Monday evening.
Separately, Papua Police deputy chief Brig. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw said the death of Waker had nothing to do with the recent shootings or the arrest of members of the Free Papua Movement in Lanny Jaya regency.
“From the investigators’ examination, so far there was no relation,” Paulus said on Friday.


3) Papua Police Detain Six Suspected Timika Killers

By Banjir Ambarita on 07:47 pm Aug 15, 2014
Category CrimeNews

Papua Police talking with locals in Timika on Aug. 14, 2104. (Antara Photo/Husyen Abdillah)

Jayapura. Trying to quell recent unrest, Papua Police have arrested 15 people, including six who are suspected of having been involved in the murder of seven people in the city of Timika, in Mimika district, earlier this week.
The chief of Papua Police, Insp. Gen. Yotje Mende, said on Friday that the suspects were being questioned over their alleged role in the violence, which was apparently sparked by the killing of a local tribal leader.
“Of the 15 people, six are suspected of having carried out the murders — we have the evidence,” Yotje said. “The other nine were apprehended for carrying sharp weapons,” he added.

Papua Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Pudjo Sulistyo said earlier in the week that people had been killed when the Apri Poros hamlet in Mimika district was attacked late on Tuesday and early on Wednesday, apparently in retaliation for the death of Dani tribal leader Korea Wakar, whose body was found in a river on Monday.
Yotje said on Friday that the situation in Timika had returned to normal.
“The situation is under control and there are no mass gatherings,” he said, adding however that some schools in the area were still closed for security reasons.
To prevent further clashes, Yotje said police and the Indonesian Military (TNI) had intensified patrols in some conflict-prone areas around Timika.

Police said they were also talking with local leaders.
“There are dialogues with local religious and cultural leaders, as well as other elements of society, and they can urge people to not let themselves be provoked by irresponsible parties,” Yotje said.
Yotje said on Friday that a total of seven people were killed in the early hours of Wednesday: three native Papuans and four immigrants.

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