Greatindonesia.co.id, Papua – Some 700 native Papuan students studying at various universities outside Papua Province have returned home in the aftermath of the Surabaya incident although they have received safety and security guarantees from all regional police chiefs.
The national police chief had ordered all regional police chiefs to guarantee the safety of the students to help them focus on completing their studies, Papua Police Chief Inspector General Rudolf Rodja said while deploring the returnees’ decision. Speaking to journalists after meeting with rectors of the University of Cenderawasih (Uncen) and Jayapura University of Science and Technology (USTJ) here Monday (9/9/2019), Rodja said a majority of the returnees were previously studying in Manado, North Sulawesi Province.
He deplored their decisions to return home before completing their studies because it would affect their future. Instead, the returnees should have prevented themselves from falling victim to the elites or certain vested interests.
After returning home, they would find it difficult to continue their studies at local universities. For their colleagues who are still focusing on their studies in various Indonesian cities, he suggested that they continue with their studies.
They need not fear their routine activities because their safety and security has been guaranteed by all regional police chiefs, he said.
Meanwhile, West Sulawesi Police Chief Brig. Gen. Baharuddin Djafar held a dialog with Papuan residents Monday.
All Papuan residents in West Sulawesi Province are safe following the recent violent protests in Papua and West Papua and their security is guaranteed, he affirmed.
“All Papuans residing in West Sulawesi Province are safe,” West Sulawesi Police Chief Brig. Gen. Baharuddin Djafar informed journalists after holding a dialog with residents of Mamuju.
In fact, the situation was brought under control in the two easternmost provinces, though tensions later rode high after the locals were incited by fake news and groundless information disseminated in the aftermath of the Surabaya incident.
In response to this, the National Police have made all-out efforts to prevent the unrest from resurfacing, he stated, affirming that all Papuans residing in West Sulawesi Province are safe.
“We are all brothers and sisters without being restricted by racial, cultural, and ethnical backgrounds. Most importantly, we all have equal rights to have a sense of security,” Djafar said.
Papuans in West Sulawesi are expected to keep their relatives in the loop about their safety, he emphasized.
Violence erupted in several parts of Papua and West Papua in the aftermath of the Surabaya incident that had triggered public ire among native Papuans.
Over the past weeks, native Papuans in several parts of the provinces of Papua and West Papua held demonstrations protesting alleged racist slurs against the Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java, August 16.
On August 29, indigenous residents of Jayapura again staged protests, venting their anger over the alleged racist behavior against their compatriots in Surabaya, but their rally then turned violent.
The brutal demonstrators went on a rampage, setting ablaze several government buildings. The office of ANTARA, Indonesia’s national news agency, in the city was also intentionally damaged by the demonstrators.
On August 28, violence also broke out in Deiyai District, some 500 kilometers away from Jayapura, resulting in the deaths of an army soldier and two civilians. (ekj)
INDONESIAN TROOPS WILL REMAIN IN PAPUA : DEFENSE MINISTER
Greatindonesia.co.id, Magelang – Defending the presence of Indonesia’s military (TNI) and the police personnel in Papua, Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said they will not be withdrawn from the province because armed Papuan separatists continue firing at security forces. “I have repeatedly stated that the TNI and National Police will not be withdrawn from Papua because, once, they are pulled out, Papua will secede,” he told journalists after speaking at a seminar on a state defense strategy for young Indonesians here Thursday (19/9/2019).
Commenting on an exchange of fire that occurred in Olenki Village, Mabugi Subdistrict, Puncak District, on September 17 and killed three civilians, he said Papua’s problems should be resolved properly, and they are merely related to social welfare.
“So, we need to sit together. Let us sit and think about how to resolve the problems,” the former army chief of staff said.
In connection with the firing in Olenki village between Indonesian troops and brutal armed Papuan separatists, Puncak District Head Willem Wandik said Wednesday that the armed rebels often use villagers as human shields.
Three civilians were killed and four others sustained injuries in the firing. The wounded had been evacuated to Timika’s public hospital while the dead would immediately be buried, he said.
To avoid civilian casualties in the future, he appealed to the TNI and police to carry out a persuasive approach which would compel the rebels to surrender and stop attacking security personnel and civilians.
Willem Wandik also urged all parties to maintain peace and end the conflict that could be used by others for their political ends.
Meanwhile, Spokesman of the XVII/Cenderawasih Regional Military Command Lt. Col. Eko Daryanto confirmed that there had been civilian casualties and expressed his condolences.
XVII/Cenderawasih Regional Military Commander Major General Herman Asaribab would coordinate with the Papua police chief in setting up a joint team to investigate the incident, he said.
Herman Asaribab would also conduct a comprehensive evaluation on how the operation to hunt down the armed rebels is to be carried out so that further civilian casualties are avoided, he said. (INE). (syh)
WIRANTO AWAITS REPORT ON EXCHANGE OF FIRE IN PAPUA
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto said he was awaiting an official report on the recent exchange of fire between the Indonesian security personnel and a group of armed Papuan rebels which led to several casualties among civilians.
“Well, the official report is still awaited,” he said here on Thursday (17/9/2019) in response to a question from journalists on the exchange of fire that broke out in Olenki Village, Mabugi Subdistrict, Puncak District, on (17/9/2019).
Wiranto said he would immediately brief the journalists once he received a comprehensive report on the incident.
In connection with the firing in Olenki village between Indonesian troops and brutal armed Papuan separatists, Puncak District Head, Willem Wandik, said on Wednesday that the armed rebels often use villagers as human shields.
Three civilians were killed and four others sustained injuries in the firing. The wounded had been evacuated to Timika’s public hospital, while those who succumbed to their injuries would immediately be buried, he said.
To avoid civilian casualties in the future, he appealed to the TNI and the police to carry out a persuasive approach, which would compel the rebels to surrender and stop attacking security personnel and civilians.
Willem Wandik also urged all the parties to maintain peace and end the conflict that could be used by others for their political gains.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu hinted earlier that Indonesia’s military (TNI) and the police personnel in Papua would not be withdrawn from the province because armed Papuan separatists continue firing at security forces.
“I have repeatedly stated that the TNI and the National Police will not be withdrawn from Papua because once they are pulled out, Papua will secede,” he said in Magelang, Central Java.
Spokesman of the XVII/Cenderawasih Regional Military Command, Lt. Col. Eko Daryanto, confirmed that there had been civilian casualties and expressed his condolences.
XVII/Cenderawasih Regional Military Commander, Major General Herman Asaribab, will coordinate with the Papua police chief to set up a joint team to investigate the incident, he said.
Herman Asaribab would also conduct a comprehensive evaluation on how the operation to hunt down the armed rebels is to be carried out so that further civilian casualties are avoided, he said. (zdl)
PAPUA AN INSEPARABLE PART OF INDONESIA : DEFENSE MINISER
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jayapura – Papua is an inseparable part of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI), Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu emphasized Wednesday. “Papua is an important part that is inseparable from the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia,” Ryacudu said while making his remarks in Babrongko Umandrow Village, Jayapura District, Papua.
Defending a country is required by every religion, according to him.
“Any religion will forbid establishing a state within a state,” Ryamizard stressed.
The minister also reminded that Papua was a legitimate part of the NKRI.
“This is our common duty. As ambassadors of the defense of the country, you are responsible for maintaining the integrity of the NKRI forever. The Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) and Pancasila are the final price,” the minister remarked.
Pancasila (the Five Principles, the Indonesian State Ideology) becomes a glue of the Indonesian people from Sabang to Papua, from Rote Island to Miangas Island, the minister said.
Pancasila was Indonesia itself, replacing Pancasila means replacing Indonesia, Ryamizard reiterated.
“Pancasila will rise and sink with this country. The destruction of Pancasila is the destruction of the state,” he said.
Therefore, it has become an agreement and a joint task to always maintain and preserve Pancasila as a national identity that must always be reflected in the life of the nation and state.
“Pancasila is a state ideology that is final and must not be negotiable. We must all be proud of Pancasila,” the Minister of Defense said.
Pancasila has united thousands of differences ranging from ethnicity, culture, race and religion.
“This is a miraculous and great ideology. Because of that, there is no reason for all of us not to protect Pancasila,” Ryacudu asserted. (ine)
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