Australian West Papua Association (Sydney)
Statement 5 September 2021
Villagers flee military operation in the Maybrat regency
In the early hours of the 2nd September, The TPNPB-OPM raided the Kisor military post in the Maybrat regency, West Papua Province. Four soldiers were killed and two wounded.
The provincial military commander Maj. Gen. I Nyoman Cantiasa said.“I have ordered my personnel to hunt down the group,” adding that two platoons had been deployed for the task.
The West Papua regional military command spokesman Hendra Pesireron also said more than 30 military and intelligence forces joined together to find the attackers.
Villagers flee from military operation.
Local People have fled to the forest to avoid a possible security force operation in the area.
Joe Collins of AWPA said, "West Papuans are well aware of what occurs during military operations. Houses are burned, food gardens destroyed and the military consider every Papuan to be a potential OPM member, resulting in possible arrest and torture".
Photos posted in AWPA FB (with the below text).
Refuge Urgen from the district of South Aifat, the village durable maym, they are out of their hometown because in their hometown is being mastered by the joint of TNI-POLRI, and they are afraid because of many experiences that the behavior of TNI and POLRI members is not good that they are not differentiate which civilian people but which PB, then the following they ask for spya member of TNI police do not stay in the village to go into the forest chasing the perpetrators of the village we are civilian people stay that's what they say
The proposal of the TNI-POLRI forces that give the target a panic and afraid, if the army has a lot of people who want to do it, don't go there, don't make a post in skola, in the work, because later we have a skola and work can be a goal.
Jubi has reported that the The Governor of West Papua, Dominggus Mandacan has asked the people of South Aifat District, Maybrat Regency to return to their villages and return to their normal activities. Mandacan said residents need not worry about the security situation in Maybrat. (Jubi)
Joe Collins said, "the attack on the military post is receiving a lot of media attention and hopefully this will be enough to stop any abuses against the local people by the security forces.".
The Governor of West Papua together with the Kasuari Military Commander inspects the Koramil preparation post in Kisor Village, South Aifat District, Maybrat Regency. - Jubi/Hans Arnold Kapisa
Update 6 September
The South Sorong Police Chief AKBP Choiruddin Wachid, accused the KNPB in the Kisor area of being part of the attack on the Kisor military post. The West Papua National Committee spokesperson for the Maybrat region, Rudolof Fatem, denied the accusations.
"We don't know about the murder incident of 4 TNI members in Kisor Sorong Selatan. Police don't criminalize KNPB Maybrat with unfounded unilateral claims," he told jubi via his cell phone, Sunday (5/9/2021). Fatem said that the KNPB had never been involved in any killings. “We, the KNPB, were established to convey the aspirations of the Papuan people in a peaceful manner. Not by means of violence let alone kill people. So don't scapegoat the KNPB without clear evidence," he said.
Two people, Maikel Yaam (17) and Simon Waymbewer (26) were arrested by the military on Thursday 2 September and accused of being involved in the attack.
Yan Christian Warinussy (Executive Director of the Manokwari Research, Assessment and Development Institute for Legal Aid (LP3BH)) urged the military to release Maikel Yaam and Simon Waymbewer "We LP3BH Manokwari have received information from our sources in South Aifat District, that these two young people are not part of the attack group.
Jubi also reported that the Head of KNPB Region I, Maybrat Yohanes N. Assem, had also asked the West Papuan Police Chief Inspector General Pol Tornagogo Sihombing to release the two arrested people. He said they are not KNPB members. “Simon Waimbewer is a member of the Satpol-PP and Maikel Yaam is a civilian. It is very inhumane to act by the police against innocent civilians. Immediately release them unconditionally," he said.