Sunday, October 6, 2019

1) Military chief to visit riot-impacted Wamena on Monday


2) RI-PNG border remains closed for security reason 
3) Over 11,500 flee West Papua town after clashes
4) Teachers need psychological treatment after deadly riot in Wamena 
5) Blitar district govt ready to evacuate its people from Papua: official 

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1) Military chief to visit riot-impacted Wamena on Monday  
20 hours ago
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Several ministers have planned to pay a visit to riot-inflicted Wamena in Papua Province on Monday to outline steps for the comprehensive restoration of security and stability.

Chief of the National Defense Forces (TNI) Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto confirmed his visit to Wamena along with Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto and Chief of the National Police General Tito Karnavian. Related news: Wamena riot survivors are still traumatized: Wiranto

Social Affairs Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, Health Minister Nila Moeloek, State Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno, and Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono will also visit Wamena.

"After Oct 7, God willing, we will go there to find ways to create security and stability as desired," Tjahjanto remarked after attending an event to commemorate TNI's 74th anniversary held at the Halim Perdanakusuma Airbase in East Jakarta on Saturday.

Citing data, he pointed to the overriding consensus among most native Papuans that non-native Papuan residents should continue to stay in Wamena, Ilaga, and Oksibil, Papua.

"Many native Papuans do not want non-native Papuans to return (to their hometowns)," he stated.

Deadly riots erupted in Wamena during a rally that native Papuan students had staged on September 23.

Related news: Police identify group spreading rumors in Timika
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Some 33 people, including a medical doctor, were killed, while at least 77 others sustained injuries in the riot that also compelled several thousand residents, mostly non-native Papuans, to take shelter in the local military and police compounds.

The dead and wounded comprised non-native Papuans, who were assaulted by rioters brandishing machetes and arrows. Several of them had migrated to Papua from their hometowns in provinces, such as West Sumatra and South Sulawesi, to earn a living.

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Editor: Fardah Assegaf

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2) RI-PNG border remains closed for security reason  
9 hours ago
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - The Skouw-Wutung border of Republic of Indonesia (RI) and Papua New Guinea (PNG) remained closed for public because of the security reason, as few days earlier,
gunfights occurred between Indonesia's armed forces and several armed separatists, an official said here Sunday.

The 172/Praja Wira Yhakti military post commander, Col. Inf. Binsar Sianipar, explained that the border had been temporarily closed on Sept 24, a day after a violent riot broke out in Wamena city, Jayawijaya District, Papua Province.

"In order to reopen the border, we must contact our counterpart in PNG," Sianipar remarked.

On Sept 23,  rioters burned shops and houses of settlers in Wamena. Therefore, some 10,000 people were displaced while schools and public activities got disrupted.

Related news: Indonesia's Skouw-Wutung border post temporarily closed: Mily

In a separate occasion, the Jayapura Immigration authority revealed that some of its officials were still assigned to guard the border despite the closure.

Under a normal condition, the RI-PNG border in Skouw District, Jayapura city, would be crossed by at least 100 people per day. "The figure would raise whenever the market nearby the border in Indonesia's area was opened.

Most PNG citizens whose homes are near the border will visit the Indonesian market in Skouw which is  situated around 300 meters from the neutral zone of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Related news: Lesson learned from Wamena rioting
Reporter: Evarukdijati/Genta Tenri Mawan
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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3) Over 11,500 flee West Papua town after clashes

Indonesia says more than 11,500 people have been evacuated from a town in West Papua.
It comes as violence continues to rock Papua and West Papua provinces, where dozens have died during clashes.
An official with the country's social ministry said the air force has flown around 7,500 people out of Wamena after unrest there in the past month.
Reuters reports Harry Hikmat saying another group of nearly 4,200 residents left on commercial flights.
A police spokesperson said the situation in Wamena is now stable, with shops and markets again open.

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4) Teachers need psychological treatment after deadly riot in Wamena 
 12 hours ago
Wamena, Papua (ANTARA) - Several teachers who got affected by a violent riot in Wamena City, Papua Province, admitted that they need psychological treatment to heal trauma before reinstated at schools on Oct 7.

"Frankly speaking, I am not ready to teach because I  am still traumatic from the recent incident, but I understand that teaching is my duty, my responsibility," a school teacher in Wamena, Damaris said on behalf of other teachers who lost their homes due to the bloody riot in Wamena, at  the Military Command 1702/Jayawijaya headquarters, here on Sunday.

However, if the treatment was unavailable, the teachers would still be willing to get back to school, Damaris, a settler from Toraja, South Sulawesi, said.

"We will open the classes and await for the students," she added.

Related news: Lesson learned from Wamena rioting

Responding to the teacher's request, the Psychosocial Support Division Team of the Social Ministry stated it would provide trauma healing sessions during the first day of schools in Wamena City.

"We will visit the teachers at schools, because they're part of our subjects when it comes to healing trauma," the team's coordinator, Milly Mildawati said.

Some entertaining activities would be organized during the trauma-healing session, which include group-talks and playing fun games.

On Sept 23, a deadly riot broke in Wamena where dozens of homes and shops were burned and tore down by an group of people. Because of the incident, at least 10,000 people have been temporarily displaced, while schools and some public facilities were shut down for several days.


Related news: Wamena riot survivors are still traumatized: Wiranto

Related news: Air Force's Hercules aircraft evacuate 9,078 refugees from Wamena
Reporter: Desi Purnamawati/Genta Tenri M
Editor: Fardah Assegaf

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5) Blitar district govt ready to evacuate its people from Papua: official  
16 hours ago
Blitar, E Java (ANTARA) - The Blitar District Administration has revealed that it is ready to evacuate its people from Papua Province in the aftermath of deadly riot that broke out in Wamena, the capital city of Jayawijaya District, on Sept 23 and claimed 33 lives of innocent civilians.

To this end, the district government has kept coordinating with the East Java Provincial Government to clarify whether or not its people are among the survivors of this recent riot currently taking refuge outside Wamena.

"We have been coordinating with the provincial government to know whether or not our people are among those evacuated from Wamena or other cities in Papua," Head of the Social Welfare Office at Blitar District Administration Romelan said here on Saturday.

Romelan said he has received reports that several people from Blitar moved to Papua Province to make a living but he has yet to get informed on their whereabouts in the aftermath of the riot that killed a senior medical doctor and 32 other innocent civilians.

"In fact, the Wamena riot survivors originally coming from Malang District are among those who have left Papua while we have yet to receive information on the fate of our people," he said.

The Blitar District Administration vows to bring its people home if they are keen to get evacuated from Papua, he added.


Related news: Wamena riot survivors urged to not join exodus


During the past few weeks, a circle of violence erupted in various cities in the provinces of Papua and West Papua.

On September 23, the riot broke out in Wamena during a massive protest, triggered by fake news on a teacher's racist slurs against local students.

A total of 33 people, including a medical doctor, were killed, while at least 77 others sustained injuries in the riot that also compelled several thousand residents, mostly non-native Papuans, to take shelter in the local military and police compounds.

The dead and wounded comprised non-native Papuans, who were assaulted by rioters brandishing machetes and arrows. Several of them had migrated to Papua from their hometowns in provinces, such as West Sumatra and South Sulawesi, to earn a living.

According to Papua Police Chief Inspector General Rudolf A. Rodja, the rioting in Wamena might have been incited by the proliferation of hoaxes through social media platforms that fueled ire among its residents.

Several local media reports confirmed that the Wamena riot was spurred by hoaxes pertaining to a teacher's racist slur against native Papuan students.

Related news: President orders authority to tackle Papua unrest: Moeldoko
In August, a wave of violence also broke out in several parts of Papua and West Papua in the upshot of the Surabaya incident that had triggered resentment and fury among native Papuans.


Native Papuans in various parts of the provinces of Papua and West Papua demonstrated to protest against alleged racist slurs targeting Papuan students in Surabaya on August 16.

In the aftermath of the recent Wamena rioting, many of the displaced people joined an exodus. Among them are those of East Java.

Some 120 survivors of this Wamena riot originally from Malang District, for instance, had been flown to East Java by a Hercules C-130 cargo aircraft and arrived at Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport on Oct 2.


Related news: Wamena riot survivors are still traumatized: Wiranto

Related news: Air Force's Hercules aircraft evacuate 9,078 refugees from Wamena
Reporter: Asmaul Chusna, Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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