Thursday, April 19, 2018

1) Indonesia military put Aroanop under control

2) Freeport open pit mine to stop in 2019

1) Indonesia military put Aroanop under control 
A number of teachers who successfully evacuated by TNI from Aroanop, Tembagapura District, embraced their relatives upon arrival in Timika, Mimika, Papua, Thursday (19/4/2018). (ANTARA PHOTO/Jeremias Rahadat)

Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Army has taken back Aroanop village in Papua from armed criminal groups respectively led by Joni Botak and Sabinus Waker, according to Colonel Frits Pelamonia, commander of the integrated task force armed criminal groups (KKSB).

"Aroanop is safe and under control. We from the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) have taken control of it since 5:30 a.m. local time. My striking forces, four teams, have secured the vllage, and we have cleared it of," Pelamonia said here, Thursday.

The armed criminal groups had controlled Aoranop after being pushed backed by TNI from Banti kampong in Tembagapura sub-district, Mimika District, Papua Province.

In Aoranop, the groups persecuted and seized belongings of nine elementary school teachers on April 13. One teacher was reportedly raped by three members of the groups.

"We have gathered local residents and I gave them some guidance and convinced them that Aroanop comprising six kampongs, is under control and local people could resume their normal activities," he said.

He said his officers would chase the criminals believed to have fled to Jagamin kampong. One group has ten members, and another has five to six members.

"Jagamin is one of their routes to escape, so we chase them. Our main task is to evacuate (several teachers), so we have to secure hilly areas to be used as evacuation route," he said.

The Army on Thursday managed to evacuate 13 teachers mostly women, from Aroanop by two helicopters.

A teacher of an elementary school in Arwanop was gang-raped by three members of armed criminal group (KKB) on April 12, 2018.

The victim identified by her initial as MM fell unconscious after being raped by the three men, and later she gained her consciousness but was traumatized, Senior Commissioner Ahmad Kamal, spokesman of the Papua Provincial Police, said here Sunday.

Armed criminal groups in Papua have frequently shoot police officers and kidnapped people.

In November 2017, some 1,300 people, comprising of over 850 indigenous Papuans and 346 migrant workers, had been held hostages by an armed criminal group (KKB) in several villages in Tembagapura for about three weeks.

reported by Jeremias Rahadat
Editor: Heru Purwanto

2) Freeport open pit mine to stop in 2019
6:19 pm on 19 April 2018 

                                           Freeport's Grasberg mine in Papua, Indonesia. Photo: AFP
The management of the mining company Freeport Indonesia says it will close the operation of its open-pit gold mine in Papua next year.
An Executive Vice President of PT Freeport Indonesia, Sony Prasetyo, says that production of the mine in Papua's Mimika regency would wind down as 2019 approaches.
Indonesia's Tempo news outlet reports that exploitation of the gold resource will not be able to be sustained in the open-pit mine.
He says the only way Freeport can continue its operations at the Papua Grasberg deposit is ongoing underground mining.
But he indicated that issues around operating permits would need to be resolved before that underground operations can be extended.
Sony says closing the open-pit mine will affect revenue, but is reluctant to confirm whether there will be staff layoffs.
Freeport currently has three mining operations at grasberg: the open pit, the Deep Ore Zone underground mine, and the Big Gossan underground mine.

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