TPN-OPM deny responsibility for recent shootings

JUBI, 12 June 2012The leader of one of the OPM group which is based along the border with PNG insists that the OPM is not responsible for the series of terror shootings that have occurred around Jayapura recently.

The OPM leader, Lambert Pekikir, said that the Indonesian government is always trying to demonize the OPM  He said that they (the OPM) are well aware of the recent spate  of shootings since shots were fired at a German visitor some weeks ago, having read all about it in the local media. ‘Like others, we too are very confused with these developments.’ He said: ‘We have written to the government and to all relevant governmental institutions that we are not responsible for these acts of terror.’

He said the OPM as making preparations to fly the Morning Star flag on 1 July this year to mark the organisation’s anniversary but this is in no way connected with any acts of terror. ‘Such actions are simply not on our agenda,’ he said.

The NGO, ELSHAM-Papua said that these acts of terror  are part of a project by the government to stigmatize indigenous Papuans as being people who are spreading anarchy  and willing to murder anyone.

He drew attention to the fact that the latest series of shootings have occurred at a time when the international community is showing greater attention to the violations of human rights in Papua. He pointed to the fact that the targets of these latest shootings  were all foreigners or immigrants from elsewhere in Indonesia.’There is no reason to believe that the military wing of the OPM – the TPN-OPM – would have the slightest reason to shoot ojek drivers  or schoolchildren.

Ferdinand said that  the authorities want to convince the international community that the TPN-OPM want to kill immigrants. They have made it clear that they are waging their struggle peacefully and will not allow themselves to pursue the path of violence.

‘We once again call on the  police to thoroughly investigate these acts of terror and reveal who it is who is behind them so as to put an end to these attempts to demonize the Papuan people.’

[Translated by  TAPOL]

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