Jayapura, Jubi – Melianus Duwitau, a student from Intan Jaya, accused a number of Brimob personnel from Destatemen C Biak serving in Intan Jaya District, of attacking 15 students while opening fire at Sugapa, Intan Jaya capital.
“There were bruises on the forehead, head injuries, and a broken jaw as a result of beatings with rifle butts. Two people, Venus Sondegau and Victor Belau are now being treated at Sugapa hospital,” he said via a short message to the Jubi from Sugapa on Monday (17/8/2015 ).
No reports have been received of any students sustaining injuries from gunfire, which is believed to have been warning shots.
He explained the incident occurred about 12:00 after the ceremony of Independence Day in the Sogopaki field.
He said the incident began at 11:30 when students wanted to block the airport so that the local officials would not leave Intan Jaya after the ceremony. “Students wanted to block the airport because the local officials often fly to Nabire and other cities out of town,” he added.
Dominikus Surabut, a Papuan activist, said such events actually should not have happened. If that happens, there is the impression that the state apparatus take people’s money out of the town for their benefits.
“The local authorities should look at the problem, then talk to them. Don’t shoot them. Violence will never solve the problem,” he said in Jayapura, Papua, on Tuesday (18/08/2015). (Mawel Benny/ Tina)