Gravesite of Theys Eluay used by Jayapura police to hold social activities

May 1 2013

by Oktovianus POGAU, Editor of

PAPUAN, Jayapura – The field of Theys Hiyo Eluay’s grave, which was be used by the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) together with the people of West Papua to commemorate the 50th year of the annexation of Papua into the Republic of Indonesia, had its planned use called off.

This was because the Jayapura Police, led by the Jayapura police chief, Commissioner Roycke Harry Langie  S.Ik, had allegedly booked this historic field to hold social activities to welcome the (HUT) Police Anniversary and Police Hospitals Foundation (YBK) .

“Yes, the field is used for social activities in order to welcome YBK  and police anniversary,”  Papua Police Public Relations Head, Chief Sumerta I Gede said, as confirmed by reporter this afternoon.

Arnold Belau, journalist, who also visited the Garden Tomb at Theys Square in Sentani revealed, it appears that some members of the Police gathered in the field, while doing the distribution of basic necessities and medicine to civilians.

“Not many people are there in the tomb of Theys. There are only members of the Police and the wives of the police, and a parked armored car, 1 police truck, 3 cars of the air force, and 1 mobile health car, “said Belau, via cell phone connection.

According to Belau, it does not seem that KNPB mass movement and mass of  Papua people are to hold worship at the field at the Tomb of Theys as scheduled.

Earlier, Chairman of the KNPB, Victor Yeimo appealed and issued a call for the date of May 1, 2013 to be celebrated as the annexation of Papua into the Indonesian state, or national day of mourning for the people of Papua.

Yeimo said that the KNPB together with West Papuan people will use the park grounds of the Theys Hiyo Eluay tomb in Sentani, to hold religious and political speeches.

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