1) Armed group attacks patrol vehicle near Freeport
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Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) - An armed group attacked a patrol vehicle at the 60-mile mark on an access road to PT Freeport Indonesias mine in Tembagapura, Mimika District, Papua Province, on early Wednesday.
The companys Vice President Corporate Communications Riza Pratama has confirmed the incident.
Following the attack, Pratama said a convoy of the workers Schedule Day Off vehicles from lowlands to the highlands of Tembagapura District was canceled.
"We heard the shootings, but there is no detailed information yet. For now, we have stopped the convoy," he said.
Meanwhile, Papua Police Chief Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar said there were no victims in the shooting incident that took place at the 60-mile mark, as the police had anticipated such an attack.
"Yes, there was a shooting attack. However, as of now, there were no victims. Based on our analysis, there was a plan to launch such an attack at around the 60-67 mile mark, and we have anticipated that," he remarked.
Earlier on Saturday, the police Mobile Brigade of Batalyon B Timika was involved in an exchange of fire with an armed group during a sweeping operation around Banti Village in the Utikini area following an attack on two patrol cars of PT Freeport at the 67-mile mark on the same day.
On Sunday, First Brigadier Berry Pramana Putra from the mobile brigade corps was shot dead at Utikini Bridge in Tembagapura District.
The armed group resumed the attack on early Monday when the police attempted to retrieve the body of Putra, and in the process, four personnel suffered injuries.
On Tuesday, the group attacked a vehicle of Tembagapura Hospitals medical team that was carrying a post-natal patient in Utikini Village. The patient Serina Kobogau was shot in her right thigh.
During the sweeping operation in pursuit of the armed group, the police managed to take over the groups base camp and other camps around the Utikini hills in Tembagapura.
The police have also found handmade weapons, a walkie-talkie, and some other devices.(*)
2) Government accelerates development of West Papua trans road
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Manokwari, W Papua (ANTARA News) - The central government through the Ministry of Public Works and Peoples Housing continues to boost the development of trans road in West Papua Province.
Yohanis Tulak, head of the National Road Implementing Agency XVII of Manokwari, said here on Tuesday that in 2017 the central government has allocated a budget of Rp1.5 trillion for the project.
He hoped the budget will be increased in 2018 to accelerate the regional development.
"It has become the commitment of President Joko Widodo to accelerate the development of the region to connect some districts/cities," he stated.
He said currently the West Papua Trans Road has connected districts of Manokwari and Tambrauw and also Sorong city.
"Local people have enjoyed the positive impact of the development. We know that new settlements along Manokwari-Kebar-Miyak road, Fef and Mega road in Sorong district continue to improve," he said.
Currently, he said the construction of the first section of the road, with a total length of 594.81 kilometers, is underway. The road section will connect districts of Manokwari Maybrat and Sorong. In addition to paving the road, the government is also constructing a number of bridges.
After the first section is completed, the government will later construct the second section connecting Manokwari district, Mamey and Wasior subdistrict in Teluk Wondama district to the border area of Nabire district in Papua province.
"There are 475,81 kilometers of roads and 125 bridges that need to be built," he said.
According to him, the forest clearance to make way for the construction of the toad is underway. It was expected that the construction could begin in 2018. (*)
Jayapura, Jubi – A number of American diplomatic cable documents related to Indonesia, especially the 1965 tragedy reopened to the public by three American institutions. The documents uncovered telegrams from and to the United States in relation to the mass killings after 1965.
The three institutions are the National Security Archive (NSA), the National Declassification Center (NDC), both nonprofit organizations, and state institutions National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
One of the many telegram documents reveals the shooting of innocent Indonesians carried out by the Indonesian army from June to July 1965.
The brutal story in Arfai
There are 39 documents of 30,000 pages which is the record of the United States Embassy (US) for Indonesia since 1964 until 1968. From number of documents, one document was revealed on the shooting of many Orang Asli Papua (Papuan indigenous) in Manokwari in 1965.
The 542A controlled telegram document dated September 15, 1965 revolves around the conditions in West Irian (West Papua) in mid-September 1965, as narrated by a Dutch Protestant missionary who reported about the imprisonment of a missionary, Harold Lovestrand.
The telegram mentioned in June that the Indonesian security forces had prevented some Papuans planning to leave Papua to Australia with a document signed by some of the most prominent Papuans of the time in Manokwari. This incident was followed by the arrest of most civil servants and a number of regional functionaries.
Telegram signed by the US Ambassador to Indonesia Marshall Green, described the first action of Indonesian army in Manokwari is said to be brutal. On 26 June on a hill in Manokwari three Indonesian soldiers were raising a red and white flag, shot by a group of Papuans who rebelled at the time. This event came to be known as an attack on Arfai Headquarters by Permenas Ferry Awom.
Yunus Inauri, one of the perpetrators of the Arfai headquarters attack, in an interview with Jubi few years ago, said that Permenas Awom is a former member of the Papuan Battalion. He was commander of Papua PVK in the Dutch era. He and his friends rebelled because Indonesian troops who came to Papua have made discomfort for the community.
Inauri who was a teacher at the time, said that if Indonesian soldiers find Papuan people on the street who are considered to behave strangely, then they will play at them arbitrarily, including students at school. Permenas who see the situation felt that it was not right; with his friends he beat the Indonesian soldiers who make a mess. But it was said the firefight was inevitable. The situation was so crowded, people run scattered. Permenas by then had a weapon that always carried everywhere.
After the shooting of three Indonesian soldiers, the next day the Indonesian army fired on every visible Papuans and many innocent people were shot in the streets. The shooting action expanded in the days that followed, but Awom’s group never came down to attack Manokwari.
Awom group resistance continued until the main Indonesian troops were brought in from outside Manokwari. In this mass of resistance, incessantly circulated the issue that if Papua is independent, then the Netherlands, Australia and the United States will help fund Papua’s development.
Lovestrand Case Lovestrand himself, in the telegram is called arrested for fear of being a victim of shootings. For in that period, Papuans who wanted independence filled the streets, as did the Indonesian security apparatus.
In addition to Lovestrand, a Dutch Catholic priest named Vandenberg in Sukarnopura (the name of Jayapura at the time) was also detained for no apparent reason.
The NDC blog says the Lovestrand case that happened to the masses put significant pressure on US-Indonesia relations. Rusk Secretary urged Ambassador Green on January 29 to resume talks with Foreign Minister Subandrio.
The conversation resulted did not last until February 9, where Ambassador Green found that Indonesian Attorney General received a signed confession from Lovestrand stating that he did not report evidence of a rebellion in Papua.
Other parties continue to urge Sukarno to free Lovestrand. The embassy realized that the ongoing pressure on Sukarno created more problems than progress. Finally, on March 18, the Indonesian Embassy indicated by telegram to Rusk that the Indonesian Attorney General began processing documents to deport Lovestrand.
The Dutch missionary was eventually deported with his family using KLM airplanes on March 23, 1966. Harold Lovestrand later wrote about his experience in Indonesia in the book Hostage in Jakarta, published by Moody Press in 1967. (Victor Mambor/Zely)
Jayapura, Jubi – Six members of Indonesian National Army (TNI) on Tuesday, October 17, entered the house of journalist Suara Papua in Enarotali, Paniai without permission. The apparatus said they were looking for a street child who runs into the journalist’s house.
The journalist, Stevanus Yogi had reported on Tuesday (October 17) at 12 noon local time, that the six TNI members were not wearing uniform with full weapons went inside his residence in Enarotali, Papua.
Yogi recounted that after the six soldiers arrived at his residence, without questioning, three members of them went straight into the house and check into each room, while the other three members remain outside while checking his home yard.
“They (the TNI) came from Iyaipugi market direction, did not ask for permission and went straight into the house to check. I did not say anything because I was also shock,” he said to suarapapua.com from Enarotali, Paniai , Papua.
After checking inside the house and yard, while leaving the house, Yogi said, one of the six TNI members said they were checking his house because there was a thief who fled to the journalist’s residence.
“They check around in the house about 2 minutes and then leave.When they leave one of them say, we check the father has a house because there are child stolen laptop aibon and money run here,” he said imitating one of the TNI members.
Stevanus said he was scared and intimidated by the arrival of the apparatus suddenly and after arriving straight into the house and checking the entire house.
“I saw three people carrying guns, three others with bayonet knives, they did not touch me, but their behavior and look were very disturbing and I felt intimidated,” Yogi said, the arrival of TNI members was very suspicious, because they only visited his house.
“I feel undermined and not being appreciated, because they do not ask for permission to me as the owner of the house, I am also suspicious because they come and check my house, while other houses are not,” he explained.
According to him, the arrival of the six TNI members was only to terror, because, Yogi said, only himself who worked frankly as a journalist in Enarotali.
“But I will not be afraid of anybody, I will keep the spirit of working as a media worker because it is time for Papuans to write and proclaim what Papuans see, experience and feel,” Yogi concluded.
Responding to that, Arnold Belau, the Chief Editor of the Suara Papua, said that he had received reports from Yogi. Belau agreed that the TNI members who arbitrarily enter Yogi’s house were a form of intimidation and terror to journalists.
“The arrival of the officers to the house with an excused of looking for thieves was form of terror and intimidation … why did they only check Yogi’s house while other houses are not?” Belau questioned.
Belau also said the actions taken by the authorities were not conducted when his reporters carried out the coverage. That is why he suspects that it was actions of terror.
“And I suspect (the arrival of the apparatus) has something to do with the news in Suara Papua related to Paniai not long ago,” he said. (tabloidjubi.com/Zely)
Yunus while getting treatment at his home. He was suspected to had broken fingers – Doc. Jubi
Jayapura, Jubi – A student of Class X, SMUN 01 Wondama, West Papua named Yunus Manaruri was beaten by a number of police officers to faint. This incident occurred on October 11, 2017 when Yunus was about to leave for school.
From the chronology collected, Yunus was driving two-wheeled motorcycle from Rado to school. In the middle of the street he saw the Traffic Police (Polantas) and had intention to return home. But he changed his mind and kept going to school.
When he got to the front of the road leading to his school, a Polantas arrested him and checked. Yunus identified the head of traffic police Wondama Bay who arrested him and asked for his driver’s license and vehicle registration.
Since there was no driver’s license and vehicle registration, the police removed the motorcycle keys.
Yunus says that it’s his sister’s bike and asks for the key again since there’s a cabinet lock on the bike seat he’s using. The police returned the motorcycle keys to Yunus. But Yunus instead turn on the bike, and try to keep going to school.
But the back of the motor was detained by the police, Yunus confessed to falling into the trench. He then stood up from the trench and punched the policeman on his mouth. A number of other policemen who were on the scene did not accept his colleague was beaten. They then pushed Yunus into one of the new kiosk buildings and beat him to unconscious.
When Yunus regained consciousness, he was ordered to get into the car to the Wondama Bay Police Station in Isei (Rasiei District). On the way, Police officers hit his face in the car and photographed him with mobil phone.
Frangky Samperente, an environmental activist who is often accompanies the community in Wondama Bay, told Jubi that after getting out of the car and arriving at the police station, the guard police still beat Yunus.
“Suddenly came an officer then hit him twice in the head. The officer used the agate ring to cause Yunus forehead to bump,” said Frangky.
Frangky continued that the police also frightened and threatened Yunus by saying that he would be taken to the firing range and fire him. Yunus was also asked to raise his hand to be cut using a bayonet.
The victim also suffered torture while detained. The police ordered him to pick up a broom handle from a metal pipe, and then hit him with the handle. The other police told Yunus to sit close to the cell door, then kick his jaw with his shoes.
“Yunus still feels ill. He was tortured, hit with water hoses until his hands were swollen, besides being told to push up and jumping jack in the cell,” said Frangky.
According to Frangky, at this time, Yunus felt pain throughout the body, waist, eyes swelling, hearing loss, broken lips bleeding, nose swelling and difficulty of breathing.
“He has trouble sleeping and eating because of his throat and jaw pain,” explained Frangky.
After being detained for two days, Yunus was sent home by a policeman. The family then took him to ER at Wondama Bay Hospital.
On October 19, the Teluk Wondama Resort Police Department took Yunus to the hospital for examination. According to his brother who is also a health officer, Yunus will be reconciled to Manokwari, because there are indications that the finger bone is allegedly cracked.
Kapolres Teluk Wondama, AKBP. Drs Frits Sokoy when confirmed by Jubi, expressed his apologies for Yunus’s incident. He confessed when the incident he was on a business trip outside Wondama Bay and could not explain what exactly happened.
“We on behalf of personal, family and police greatly apologize about this incident. We will deal with this issue by taking information from members of the field, the community and Yunus’s parents themselves. This is our responsibility and risk as the leader,” explained Police Chief Sokoy. (tabloidjubi.com/Zely)