Tolikara Clash Will Not Happen Again: Papua Police Chief
By : Robert Isidorus | on 4:44 PM July 05, 2016
Tolikara was the scene for religious riots on July 17, 2015. (Antara Photo/Trisnadi)
Jakarta. Papua Police assured public in Tolikara there will be no repeat of last year's clash among religious groups in the city, as the security situation is totally under control.
Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw said on Tuesday (05/07) local leaders are working with the police to improve security in Tolikara.
"They've been more than happy to help us," Paulus said.
According Paul, since last year's July 17 riot different religious communities in Tolikara have worked hard to improve relations. Last year riot happened during Idul Fitri celebration, the incident was fired by intolerance by a local religious group.
"There is no problem between the religious communities now," Paulus said.
In April this year, two were killed and homes damaged after fights broke out between citizens of rival districts in Tolikara.
The police chief expressed his hope that Tolikara Muslims can celebrate Idul Fitri in peace this year. "We have a bigger mosque now in the city, let's hope everything goes well," Paulus said.