Wednesday, March 18, 2020

1) Shootings by armed Papuans break out outside Freeport's mining areas

 
2) Security threats from armed Papuan criminals in Mimika identified

3) Plans to divide West Papua will create more dependency - academic
4) Papua's Tolikara residents asked to refrain from holding hands
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1) Shootings by armed Papuans break out outside Freeport's mining areas  
1 hour ago


Timika, Papua (ANTARA) - Several shootings by armed Papuan criminals broke out outside the areas of the mining sites of PT Freeport Indonesia, Tembagapura Sub-district, though the gold and copper mining firm’s operations continued unhindered, a police officer revealed.

"This mining company's operations continue to run normally," Mimika Police Chief Adjunct Sen. Coms. I Gusti Gede Era Adhinata informed journalists here on Wednesday.

Existing security units have further secured the Tembagapura District’s areas. He noted that they continued to coordinate with one another, adding that the gold and copper mining firm's areas are safeguarded by personnel of the Amole Task Force.

The police in Mimika District, Papua Province, also support the law enforcement units' endeavors to stop the armed Papuans from disrupting PT Freeport Indonesia's mining activities, he explained.

"I work and coordinate with the commander of the Mimika District Military and district administration to find ways to serve our community members coming from Tembagapura to Timika," he stated.

The armed Papuan criminals' shootings often erupted in the area of Utikini Village. On March 15, 2020, an exchange of fire broke out between the Indonesian military and police personnel and armed Papuan criminals in the Wini area of Tembagapura District.

The gunfight, which ended with the deaths of four armed separatists and gunshot wounds to two others, occurred in an area detected to be the hideout of an armed Papuan group, led by Seltius Waker, he revealed.

The security situation in Papua remains vulnerable to acts of deadly violence committed by notorious Papuan separatists.

The rebels were engaged in repeated exchanges of fire with the Indonesian military and police personnel. The rebels also launched deadly attacks on civilians over the past years and killed several of them.

The Papua Police recorded that from early January to December 28, 2019, a total of 23 shooting and criminal cases involving armed Papuan groups had claimed the lives of 10 members of the Indonesian police and military as well as 10 civilians.

The armed Papuan criminals committed such criminal acts in the administrative areas of the districts of Puncak Jaya, Jayawijaya, Mimika, and Paniai in 2019, Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw remarked on December 28, 2019. Related news: 800 villagers evacuated to Timika City to evade rebels' terror

Related news: Minister urges TNI, Police to bolster security in Papua

 

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Reporter: Evarianus S, Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Fardah Assegaf


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2) Security threats from armed Papuan criminals in Mimika identified
46 minutes ago

Timika, Papua (ANTARA) - The Indonesian military and police personnel in Mimika District, Papua Province, detected potential security threats from armed Papuan criminals in the Jila area, Mimika Police Chief Adjunct Sen. Coms. I Gusti Gede Era Adhinata stated.

"We have identified other armed Papuan groups that had attempted to infiltrate the Tembagapura Sub-district area through the Jila Sub-district," Adhinata told journalists in Timika, the capital of Mimika District, on Wednesday.

Adhinata highlighted the significance of airborne support for the joint military and police groups to crush armed criminals, adding that the security personnel were aware of the whereabouts of the armed Papuan groups.

The Mimika police had sought the deployment of additional personnel to help prevent the notorious armed Papuan criminals from infiltrating into the Tembagapura sub-district area to join their colleagues in villages, such as Banti and Opitawak, he stated.

On March 9, 2020, an armed Papuan group in Jila Sub-district had launched an attack on a security checkpoint there that claimed the life of a soldier.

Adhinata pointed out that several shootings by armed Papuan criminals broke out outside the areas of the mining sites of PT Freeport Indonesia in Tembagapura Sub-district though failing to disrupt the operations of this gold and copper mining firm.

"This mining company's operations still run normally," he noted.

The security situation in Papua remains vulnerable to acts of deadly violence by notorious Papuan separatists.

The rebels were engaged in repeated exchanges of fire with the Indonesian military and police personnel. The rebels also launched deadly attacks on civilians over the past years and killed several of them.

The Papua Police recorded that from early January to December 28, 2019, a total of 23 shooting and criminal cases involving the armed Papuan groups had claimed the lives of 10 members of the Indonesian police and military as well as 10 civilians.

The armed Papuan criminals committed such criminal acts in the administrative areas of the districts of Puncak Jaya, Jayawijaya, Mimika, and Paniai in 2019, Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw remarked on December 28, 2019. 
Related news: Minister urges TNI, Police to bolster security in Papua

Related news: Shootings by armed Papuans break out outside Freeport's mining areas


 

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Reporter: Evarianus S, Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Fardah Assegaf


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3) Plans to divide West Papua will create more dependency - academic

4:46 pm today



An academic from West Papua says Indonesian plans to further divide up the region will only enhance dependency on Jakarta.

Indonesia's chief security minister Mohammad Mahfud said the govenment was considering options for creating more provinces in Papua region, which is currently administered as two provinces.
It comes as the government discusse a renewed framework for Papua's Special Autonomy Law which expires next year.
Brisbane-based development specialist Yamin Kogoya* said the plan was part of a divide-and-rule strategy which dilluted West Papuan independence aims.
"Through this provincial division there will be a conflict of course among Papuan elites.
"They depend on the money coming directly from the central government. Not just that but Indonesia designed the system in such a way that Papuan society will depend their livelihood on Indonesia from the beginning," said Mr Kogoya.
He said it was not just Papuan elites who would compete for the spoils of new administrative structures.
"Not only the elite will be divided and fight over this but their followers and the supporters of the elections, the positions, they're all going to be in conflict. We've already seen this in Nduga. We've already seen this in Timika, in Tolikara, in the central highlands."
According to Mr Kogoya, any structural re-configuration of the provinces was a distraction from the core grievance among West Papuans that needed addressing.
This, he said, was the incorporation of West Papua, the former Dutch New Guinea territory, into Indonesia 50 years ago without fair consultation with the region's indigenous people.
* Kogoya has a Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from the Australian National University.

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4) Papua's Tolikara residents asked to refrain from holding hands
17 hours ago
Wamena (ANTARA) - The government of Tolikara in Papua province has urged residents to refrain from practicing a local custom of holding hands, temporarily, in wake of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Residents have been advised to adopt a clean lifestyle, follow the health protocol, and remain calm as the COVID-19 outbreak rages globally, Anton Warkawani, the municipality secretary, told ANTARA on Tuesday.

"We are asking people to refrain from holding hands since they would have no way of knowing who is already a virus carrier," Warkawani noted, adding that the custom of holding hands is centuries-old among the people of Papua's central mountains.


"We have also just disseminated information related to the coronavirus, and debunked rumors, among residents in Wenam district," he said.


This area of Tolikara has not reported any confirmed cases of coronavirus, but remains prepared for the worst with the government discussing precautionary measures in anticipation of possible transmission through the land as well as air routes.

Related news: Indonesia's count of COVID-19 patients climbs to 172 on Tuesday
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Related news: Eight under COVID-19 surveillance treated at Medan hospital
Related news: Indonesian Transport Minister's health reported stable


 

Reporter: Marius Frisson Yewun, Suwanti
Editor: Sri Haryati
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