Troops burn down churches and villages in Puncak Jaya

by Westpapuamedia.info

December 4, 2011

According to credible local sources in Puncak Jaya, Indonesian troops razed a civilian village while conducting a massive offensive against National Liberation Army guerrillas of Goliat Tabuni.

Undercover local human right sources have claimed that at 1530 local time on December 3, that two platoons from the “Coconut” brigade of Gegana Brimob anti-terrorist police, set fire to a church, houses, and guard houses in the village of Wandenggobak.

Brimob Gegana is a specialised highly mobile bomb and anti-terrorist unit that receives funding, arming and training by the Australian Government, and is trained by the Australian Federal Police at the joint Australia-Indonesian Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation.  Standard weaponry used by Gegana include the AusSteyr rifle, manufactured by Australian Defence Industries.  It is not known if the flamethrowers used to burn down the church were amongst those supplied by Australia.

The church burning against civilians occurred as reprisal for an attack by Tabuni that left two Brimob officers dead earlier in the day.  Gegana Brimob police officers Bripda Ferly and Bripda Eko were killed, with Bripda Syukur being treated for minor thigh grazing.

Civilian casualties have been reported, though not verified at this stage.  It is not known if villagers were in any of the buildings, or seeking shelter in the church at the time it was razed by Indonesian police.

These reports are based on contact with two regular and established credible sources.  The usual standard for claiming fact verification for West Papua Media is our three independent source rule, but we are still awaiting further detailed reports from the area.  Papuan, Indonesian and international journalists have been banned from the area in Puncak Jaya where the offensive is occurring which has been informally declared as a Military Operations Area (Daerah Operasi Militer/ DOM)

The offensive has allegedly started after the guerrilla forces of Tabuni allegedly launched attacks on military targets on December 1, after a massive nonviolent flagraising ceremony in Tingginambut.

However, other credible sources in Wamena have sent appeals saying that Tabuni is close by Wamena.  “After General Tabuni started war on December 1 … Our international highlanders are feeling deeply traumatised …  ordinary people are starting to arm themselves with traditional weapons on the streets”, a translated SMS message sent to West Papua Media early on December 4 claimed.

The situation is tense at time of writing.  Please stay tuned for further developments.

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8 thoughts on “Troops burn down churches and villages in Puncak Jaya

  1. We are indigenous people in Wast Papua we’re pardon to the whole of Cristian People in the Worldand the International COmmunity Actuality, come to est Papua and showing Yourselef. Please,protect our people; cause the special police and Indonesia Military,so there are going to burned a church in the highland of puncak jaya, killing the lokal people too! Saved our people, please! S.O.S. Thank you! By.Mr.Alex A

  2. Hallo, our brothers and sisterhood in Christ from West Papua – Irian Jaya, your tears and morning, your pain and anguish, your tremendous pain and suffering with your complain to the justice in order to get your real Freedom and Democracy with fully independence of your ancestral Land Western Papua – Irian Jaya have been listen by all your brothers and sisterhood in Christ from whole World. And all of us are trying now with our high moral and material support in order encourage and stimulate you to achieve your real goal whatsoever the consequences and how price will be paying for it. We all Christianity around the World stand firmly to be solidarity with your struggle till you do get your fully Independence with real Democracy and Freedom. We shall stand together and we shall destroy all evils soldiers from entire Indonesia under the immoral irresponsibility of the Indonesia Republic President Susilo Bambang.

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