WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES OF INDONESIAN STATE VIOLENCE
from our partners at MajalahSelangkah.com, with additional reporting by West Papua Media
original report Sunday 19th October 2014,
Victim Petius Tabuni after being hacked to death by militias in Manado. Photo supplied (accompanying image too gruesome to display openly, if you must see this click here.)
Manado, MAJALAH SELANGKAH – a Papuan student, Petius Tabuni, was hacked to death with machetes by unknown assailants, believed to be militia, around 3am local time on Sunday morning(19/10/2014) in Tondano City, Manado, North Sulawesi.
Petius, a student at Manado State Political-technical university, died on the spot from his extensive and vicious machete wounds across his back, body, head and face. Five other Papuans who went to look for him were also attacked and rushed to a hospital nearby, by the same assailants. The names of the other students and dead boy have not yet been released at time of writing.
“At this point, the situation in Manado is not very safe. We are all too scared to leave our dormitories,” a student from Manado told majalahselangkah.com on Sunday.
The incident began as students from Manado University (UNIMA) on Saturday night (18/10/2014) were holding a graduation celebration party at the student dormitory village of Tataaran Patar Minahasa.
The victim was reported to have been intoxicated, and left the party. Around 03:00 am, he telephoned his brother and friends saying he was being attacked. When 5 of his friends came to the place he had called from, they found him already lying dead.
Before they had time to park their motorbikes, they were attacked with machetes for over twenty minutes by a large group of local Manado people loitering in the darkness nearby. The five were severely injured with machete wounds, with one of the five students, reportedly just out of middle school, died in hospital.
Local sources reported that a large group of Papuan students at Tondano are being forced to barricade themselves and have been stranded in their student boarding houses. They can not leave even with a rental car, according to local sources, because there is information circulating that the perpetrators are still looking for more Papuan victims.
Manado police have refused to return calls from West Papua Media about the status of the victims and the current security situation for Papuan students in Manado. (BT/014/MS/WPM)
Additional reporting, Edited and translated by Westpapuamedia