Thursday, September 26, 2019

1) “We’re not involved”, KNPB declines Mimika Police Chief’s statement


2) Traumatized doctors seek transfer from Wamena following mass murders
3) 24 paramedics deployed to Wamena hospital in the wake of deadly riot
4) Paramedics working in Papua need security guarantee: IDI
5) Police confirm two Ojek drivers gunned down by Papuan separatists
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1) “We’re not involved”, KNPB declines Mimika Police Chief’s statement
Published 10 hours ago on 26 September 2019 By pr9c6tr3_juben



Students arrested and detained by the Mimika Police when preparing the ‘Bakar Batu’ ceremony with Lemasa (Lembaga Musyawarah adat Suku Amungme (Lemasa/Amungme Customary Council). -Jubi/Ist


Jayapura, Jubi – The West Papua National Committee (KNPB) declared they were not involved in the Bakar Batu (roasting stone) ceremony in Timika on Thursday (19/9/2019). Recently returning-home students and their families initiated the ritual at the lawn of Lemasa Office.
The Spokesperson for KNPB Timika Edo Dogopia said it is to decline the announcement made by the Mimika Police Chief Agung Marlianto. In his statement, Marlianto accused KNPB, ULMWP and OPM have drawn people in two points, the former Lemasa office and the tomb of Kelly Kwalik. The reason they did it, he further said, is to attract people’s attention.
“The police chief’s statement is not valid. KNPB Timika did not intervene or help, and even did not attend the ceremony. You should know that the ceremony was completely organised by students who return home after the incident of racism,” Dogopia told Jubi on Saturday (21/9/2019).
Moreover, he emphasised that KNPB Timika had not received any instruction from the Central KNPB related to this activity. Meanwhile, the ceremony ended with forced dissolution and arrest of dozens of students in front of their parents.

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2) Traumatized doctors seek transfer from Wamena following mass murders
14 hours ago

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - Tens of fearful and traumatized doctors have requested a transfer from Wamena, Papua Province, following the murders of 30 people, including a doctor, during an anarchic rally on September 23, 2019, an official stated.

"It is true. Fear and trauma have prompted doctors in Wamena to seek a transfer. Several of them have also already moved to Jayapura," Dr Silvanus Sumule, head of the Papua Health Office, remarked here on Thursday.

The Papua Health Office was not able to stop them from leaving but will attempt to find others to replace them.

"We cannot stop them (from leaving), as they must be quite scared and traumatized by the situation during that time," he stated, adding that the incident of demonstrators lynching Dr Soeko Marsetiyo might have elicited fear in them.

Some 25 doctors from Jayapura will be sent to Wamena to restore public health services there.

Related news: Thousands seek refuge at Jayawijaya Police Headquarter after riots
Related news: Deployment of two TNI aircraft to evacuate riot victims in Wamena


In the meantime, the remains of Dr Marsetyo will be moved to Jayapura by the Indonesian Air Force's Hercules aircraft from Wamena.

Marsetyo had served people in the hinterland of Papua Province for 15 years but was murdered by a mob during the rally, mostly involving senior high school students, held to express opposition and angst over an alleged racial slur by a teacher.

This violent rally claimed the lives of 30 people, mostly non-native Papuans, while 70 others suffered injuries and hundreds of government and private buildings were set ablaze. The victims had been assaulted by rioters brandishing machetes and arrows. The masterminds behind this deadly riot are allegedly members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB). On Sept 24, the military and police personnel evacuated residents trapped inside their homes and kiosks that the rioters had set on fire.

The violence might have been fueled by the spread of hoaxes through social media platforms that had infuriated Wamena’s residents, Papua Police Chief Inspector General Rudolf A. Rodja remarked while speaking in connection with the rioting.

Following the riot, over 1,200 people were keen on leaving Wamena.

Related news: Social dialog essential to placate tensions in Wamena, Papua: Indef
Related news: Police puts Wamena riot death toll at 23
Reporter: Evarukdijati, Fardah
Editor: Sri Haryati



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3) 24 paramedics deployed to Wamena hospital in the wake of deadly riot
 2 hours ago

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - The health office of the Papua provincial government has deployed 24 paramedics, including an orthopedic specialist, an anesthesia specialist, and a surgeon, to assist their colleagues at the Wamena public hospital to help the victims of this week's rioting.

The hospital was in dire need of medical doctors after 10 of its doctors who were traumatized by the impact of the deadly rioting applied for an emergency evacuation to Jayapura, Secretary of the Papua Health Office, Dr. Silvanus Sumule, said on Thursday.

Speaking to Antara in Jayapura, five other doctors working at the Wamena public hospital had even left the capital city of Jayawijaya District for Jayapura, the capital city of Papua Province, Sumule said.

"We cannot stop the doctors because they are scared of and traumatized by the chaotic situation," Silvanus Sumule said, adding that the death of their colleague, doctor Soeko Marsetiyo, who was assaulted by the rioters, had made them anxious.

Considering this condition, 24 paramedics, including three specialists, were dispatched to the Wamena public hospital, Sumule said.

Speaking about the evacuation of Marsetiyo's body, Sumule said it would be transported by an Indonesian Air Force aircraft to Yogyakarta on Friday for burial.

Wamena's deadly rioting occurred during a rally that the native Papuan students staged on September 23.

Thirty people, including a medical doctor, were killed, while at least 77 others sustained injuries due to the riot that had also forced several thousands of residents, mostly non-native Papuans, to take refuge.

According to National Police Spokesman, Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo, the masterminds of this deadly riot are allegedly members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB).

Among the dead and the wounded were non-native Papuans who had been assaulted by rioters brandishing machetes and arrows.

On the day the violent rally took place, Commander of the 1702/Jayawijaya District Military Command, Lt. Col. Candra Dianto, said a gun battle between the Indonesian security personnel and a group of armed separatists also occurred around the Pasar Baru area.

The armed rebels might have used three guns and rifles. Presently, 1,300 military and police personnel are stationed in Jayawijaya District.

Related news: Wamena's deadly riot refugees tended to adequately at police compound
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4) Paramedics working in Papua need security guarantee: IDI 

2 hours ago

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) has appealed to security agencies and other related stakeholders, as well as community members, to guarantee the safety and security of the working paramedics across Papua Province.

Their safety and security is of dire importance to enable all paramedics, including doctors, to work optimally, Chairman of IDI-Papua Chapter, Dr. Donald Aronggear, told Antara in Jayapura on Thursday.

Commenting on the death of 53-year-old doctor, Soeko Marsetiyo, in Wamena's deadly rioting that broke out early this week, Aronggear said all the paramedics in Papua were grieving the death of doctor Soeko.

Due to Soeko's death, several doctors currently working at the Wamena public hospital had requested to leave the hospital, which was understandable because doctors are also humans who need a sense of security, he said.

Meanwhile, Secretary of the Papua Health Office, Dr. Silvanus Sumule, said 24 paramedics, including an orthopedic specialist, an anesthesia specialist, and a surgeon, had been deployed to assist their colleagues at the Wamena public hospital.

The hospital was in dire need of medical doctors after its 10 doctors who were scared of and traumatized by the impact of the deadly rioting applied for an emergency evacuation to Jayapura, Sumule said.

Five other doctors working at the Wamena public hospital had even left the capital city of Jayawijaya District for Jayapura, the capital city of Papua Province.  

"We cannot stop the doctors because they are scared of and traumatized by the chaotic situation," Silvanus Sumule said, adding that the death of their colleague, doctor Soeko Marsetiyo, who was assaulted by the rioters, had made them more anxious.

Wamena's deadly rioting occurred during a rally that native Papuan students staged on September 23.

Thirty people, including a medical doctor, were killed, while at least 77 others sustained injuries due to the riot that had also forced several thousands of residents, mostly non-native Papuans, to take refuge.

According to National Police Spokesman, Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo, the masterminds of this deadly riot are allegedly members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB).

Among the dead and the wounded were non-native Papuans who had been assaulted by rioters brandishing machetes and arrows.

On the day the violent rally took place, Commander of the 1702/Jayawijaya District Military Command, Lt. Col. Candra Dianto, said a gun battle between the Indonesian security personnel and a group of armed separatists also occurred around the Pasar Baru area.

The armed rebels might have used three guns and rifles. Presently, 1,300 military and police personnel are stationed in Jayawijaya District.
Related news: Traumatized doctors seek transfer from Wamena following mass murders
Related news: 24 paramedics deployed to Wamena hospital in the wake of deadly riot


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5) Police confirm two Ojek drivers gunned down by Papuan separatists

7 hours ago

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - An armed Papuan separatist group proceeded with its campaign to kill innocent civilians, Thursday, by gunning down two motorcycle taxi (Ojek) drivers near the Muara suspension bridge in Amnunggi Village, Ilaga Sub-district, Puncak, Papua.

The two Ojek drivers, identified as La Ode Alwi and Midung, were gunned down by the ruthless armed rebels while passing by the area at around 12:30 p.m. local time, the Papua provincial police spokesman, Sen. Coms. Ahmad Kamal, stated.

Local residents then notified the Ilaga police precinct of this shooting incident, so that the bodies of the two ill-fated Ojek drivers could be moved to a local health center, he noted.

Speaking in connection with the reports he had received, Kamal affirmed that the killers belonged to the Venny Murib-led armed separatist group. After shooting the two civilians to death, the rebels fled, he noted.

In fact, over the past year, the armed Papuan separatists had not only campaigned a spate of killings of civilians and security personnel but they were also involved in other grave crimes, including holding civilians hostage and raping the victims.

On February 2, 2019, the armed Papuan rebels also gunned down a civilian in a village of Jayawijaya District.

This murder of Sugeng Efendi, a resident of Wuyukwi Village, Mulia Sub-district, has raised the death toll of civilians in the hands of armed Papuan rebels following the killings of 31 construction workers in December 2018.

This 25-year-old kiosk keeper was murdered two days after the Free Papua Movement (OPM) voiced its official support for its armed wing's declaration of war against Indonesia.

According to Radio New Zealand (RNZ), the announcement was made by OPM spokesman Jeffrey Bomanak at a press conference held in Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea, on January 31, 2019.

RNZ quoted Bomanak as saying that the war against the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia "would not end until Jakarta agreed to meet for peaceful negotiations, for which the OPM is establishing a team of negotiators." Related news: Armed group attacks patrol vehicle near Freeport
Related news: Police confirm armed civilian group behind recent firefight in Papua


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