Monthly Archives: April 2016

Exclusive: witness video shows Police attacking taxi during KNPB pro-ULMWP Demo

By WestPapuaMedia
April 13, 2016

Exclusive Footage has been supplied to WestPapuaMedia showing Indonesian riot police attacking a Papua owned taxi van, in Waena, near Jayapura, West Papua, earlier today (April13).  The taxi was caught amidst the nonviolent demonstration called by the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) supporting the bid by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) for full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).

Indonesian police had claimed in a statement earlier today, reportedly issued before the conclusion of the incident filmed according to journalists on the scene, that the damage was caused by “KNPB Members action which was destructive, Anarchic, etc.”  Respected independent journalist Victor Mambor tweeted immediately after, that the “media were expecting this police statement”, and that this was the normal “Modus Operandi” of police.

Indonesian police have “already memorized” the narrative, Mambor tweeted.

However, the video clearly shows a platoon of Indonesian Brimob riot police running amok (an Indonesian term), smashing the glass with a flying martial arts kick, and using batons, fists and clubs, which were also used to beat up nonviolent protestors.

Video uploader Marthen Manggaprouw told WestPapuaMedia, “This video shows the brutal actions of the national police officers while performing security on Peaceful Demonstrations coordinated action by KNPB, Gempar, Uncen and USTJ Students.”

Manggaprouw described the “brutal action was performed when the masses are doing a peaceful demonstration outside Housing 1 complex in Waena, Jayapura.”

“The security Apparatus put through beatings and destruction of many vehicles used by demonstrators. Police also damaged taxis. You can see it clearly as you watch the video,” he explained.

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Crackdown imminent, Arrest #liveupdatesPapua for KNPB rallies – 1pm

by West Papua Media

1310 pm April 13, 2016

#liveupdatesPapua Current data on arrest and police actions:

Merauke: 14 KNPB Arrests (names unavailable) approx 0900

Jayapura:

BREAKING: 12.30 PM: POLICE Apparatus in front of the gate UnCen has given instructions for the dissolution of the masses.

via @lbhjakarta

Many students joined the demo. It’s in 3/4 of the way between Perumnas Camp Wolker Waena, and UNCEN.  Demo started at Expo junior to Uncen.

According to the director of ELSHAM (Insitute for the Study and Advocacy of Human Rights in Papua), Ferry Marisan,  after a mass of demonstraotrs and students grew to well over 700 outside Cenderawasih University (UNCEN), speeches and “orations” were conducted.  While the mass was peacefully listening to speeches and orations, Police moved in and forcibly confiscated phones and cameras off all KNPB members, either destroying them or forccing them to delete photos.  More details to come

Video of police blockade at UNCEN

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Kaimana: 14 people arrested and were detained at the police station Kaimana.

  • Yohanis Furay, Sekretarias Parliament,
  • Arifin Tanggarofa,
  • Lilian Tapnesa,
  • Ainia Kurita,
  • Simon Egana,
  • Agus Surbay,
  • Sepi Surbay,
  • Melianus Siwari,
  • Stephen Esuru,
  • Abd Fata Watora,
  • Melianus Surbay,
  • Joseph Surbay,
  • Elon Airabu,
  • Aser Kubewa,
  • ELSHAM is available to make comment on these arrests for international media.  Please contact +61498239869 for relay.

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#LIVEUPDATESPAPUA: West Papua Mobilisations, April 13

Published below is the latest live information confirmed from stringers and sources in Papua regarding todays’s mobilisations.

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Demo video from gate of Uncen, Abepura

Papua women are on the road up towards oration UnCen from Expo and Abe. #LiveUpdatesPapua

While in Merauke, 14 activists have already taken to Polres Merauke.

 

 

Jayapura 1115AM:  First reports of attempts by security forces to shut down gathering in Waena, Jaypura.  Police have moved in at the traffic lights, reportedly pushing with riot shields, seizing 5 trucks belonging to KNPB.  Crowd currently is maintaining peaceful disposition.  

in frot of Imbi market front, eight people were just arrested and taken to Polres Jayapura. More to come

 

 

Jayapura: 1048AM  Hundreds of people are already on site at Expo Waena listening to speeches on street attempting to march to Taman Imbi.  Heavily armed security forces and many plain clothes intelligence officers already waiting.

From Ferry Marisan, Director of ELSHAM  Papua:  “Quick info in Jayapura..mass of KNPB, students and the Papuan People gathered on the campus of the University of Cenderawasih, about 300 people, in  Expo Waena complex about 250 people , and now the masses at Expo Waena move towards Jayapura, but detained by the Police at the Red lights in Waena… while I’m behind a mass of Expo Waena and being stuck already waiting for  30 minutes … ”

photo courtesy @lbhjakarta

 

 

 

via @WeneMedia Ekspo waena: action is beginning in a tense situation. police brimob not allowsing time to go to  Office of DPRP

West Papua to take to streets today amid major crackdown threats from Indonesian forces

by westpapuamedia, with reporting from awasmifee, taboid jubi and local sources.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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A coalition of about 50 Papuan and Indonesian civil society organisations has called for Indonesian security forces to stop repression, and respect West Papuan’s Right of Freedom of Expression as major mobilisations are planned across Papua for April 13. (Press Release in full, below)

The West Papua National Committee (KNPB) have called the demonstrations to pressure Melanesian countries to admit the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) to full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).  As the mandated external representative body of West Papuan civil resistance to the international community, the ULMWP currently has observer status, despite Indonesian machinations for Indonesia to have full membership also.

Actions are planned in seven cities: Jayapura, Fak-fak, Manokwari, Yahukimo, Sorong, Timika and Merauke, with th possibility of major centres in West Papua, as well as across Indonesia, however the Indonesian Police have prevented several gathering from going ahead already, and are feared to be nmmunted a major joint police-military operation to prevent demonstrations from occurring.

West Papua Media is proividing montoring also as the day progresses, and has evidence at time of publication early Wednesday morning of large amounts of public order hardware and security force mobilsations already in all centres, especially around Taman Imbi in Jayaura.  This will be a developing story.

Five KNPB members were arrested in Dekei, Yahukimo for giving out leaflets promoting the event tomorrow.  They were reportedly being interrogated without a lawyer or legal support (see http://tabloidjubi.com/2016/04/12/bagi-selebaran-demo-akbar-5-anggota-knpb-yahukimo-ditangkap/ for more info)]

A Press conference was held at the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (LBH Jakarta) yesterday, raising the concern of possible state repression of the KNPB-led mobilisations across Papua.  The release (Below in full) shows the support of nearly 50 mostly Jakarta-based organisations and trade unions for the respct of rights of Papuan organisations and people to engage in free expression of their political aspirations.

PRESS RELEASE
No. 792/SK-RILIS/IV/2016

Stop Repression and curbs on Freedom of Expression for the Papuan People!

It is strongly suspected that a joint police/ military operation will repress mass actions on 13th April 2016 in Papua

(Jakarta, 12 April 2016) Dozens of civil society organisations comprising elements of the labour, student, women’s, urban poor and other social movements support the Papuan people’s right to freedom of expression.

On 5th April 2016, the Timika branch of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) organised a prayer meeting in the grounds of the GKII Golgota church in Timika, Papua to support the United Liberation Movement for West Papua’s participation in a Pacific Diplomatic Forum, the Melanesian Spearhead Group. However as the event was taking place, a joint police and military force suddenly appeared, and proceeded to disperse the event by firing shots in the air and attacking the crowds. Dozens of participants were punched, kicked or struck with rifle butts by the joint command. Banners, clothing and noken string bags were seized by the police. One solider forced a KNPB member with the initials IT to strip naked. Two more KNPB members with initials AD and AE were seriously injured and needed hospital care.

The security forces’ attack culminated in the arrest of 15 KNPB members, 13 of which were released the next day with a requirement to report to the police station for an as yet unspecified length of time. Two others, Steven Itlay and Yus Wenda are still in custody. Yus Wenda is being held under article 351 of the Indonesian Criminal Code, violent harassment, even though the maximum sentence that can be given for this article is 2 years 8 months, which means Yus Wenda should have the right to not be remanded in custody. Steven Itlay is charged with treason under article 106. The treason article is frequently used in Papua as a tool to muzzle freedom of expression and freedom of opinion. Steven Itlay was moved from the Mimika Police headquarters to the Police Mobile Brigade detention centre which is far from Timika City. There is strong reason to believe that this is an attempt to isolate him and keep him incommunicado, which raises serious concerns for his safety.

Papuans will join a similar event organised by the KNPB on the 13th April 2016, however on a much larger scale, and taking place in seven cities: Jayapura, Fak-fak, Manokwari, Yahukimo, Sorong, Timika and Merauke. This action is supported by local churches.

Many people have been arrested in Papua since 2013. According to International Coalition for Papua data, 653 people were arrested between April 2013 and December 2014 (ICP 2015). The KNPB has calculated that 479 people were arrested between the 30th April and 1st June 2015 alone. In the 18 months which Jokowi and Jusuf Kalla have been in power, more thaan 1000 arrests have taken place, especially targetting
pro-independence activists, indigenous people fighting to keep their customary lands and ordinary people who have become the object of state repression for no clear reason.

Bearing in mind the patterns of repression and police/military impunity that keep on repeating themselves in Papua, as demonstrated once more last April 5th, it is reasonable to believe that the Papuan people will face repression once more on 13th April.

For this reason we state that we fully support the Papuan people’s constitutional rights to freedom of expression. We also urge the joint police and military forces not to take repressive action against the Papuan people, and in particular against the major actions which will take place on 13th April

Respectfully,
Lembaga Bantuan Hukum (LBH) Jakarta, Human Rights Working Group (HRWG), Lembaga Studi dan Advokasi Masyarakat (ELSAM), Yayasan Pusaka, Yayasan Satu Keadilan, Imparsial, Honai Center, Lembaga Bantuan Hukum (LBH) Pers, Solidaritas Perempuan, The Convention on the Elimination of all
Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Working Group, Institut
Perempuan, Perempuan Mahardhika, Kongres Aliansi Serikat Buruh Indonesia (KASBI), Federasi Serikat Buruh Indonesia (FSBI), Federasi Sektor Umum Indonesia (FSUI), Federasi Buruh Lintas Pabrik (FBLP), Federasi
Pertambangan dan Energi (FPE), Federasi Serikat Pekerja Pulp dan Kertas
Indonesia (FSP2KI), Federasi Buruh Transport Pelabuhan Indonesia
(FBTPI), Serikat Pekerja Aneka Sektor Industri (SPASI), Gabungan Serikat
Buruh Independen (GSBI), Gabungan Solidaritas Perjuangan Buruh (GSPB),
Serikat Buruh Kerakyatan (SERBUK), Aliansi Buruh Kontrak Menggugat
(ABKM), Papua Itu Kita, Aliansi Mahasiswa Papua (AMP), Belantara Papua,
Perkumpulan Jubi, Indonesia Tanpa Militerisme (ITM), Gerakan Masyarakat
Sipil Melawan Kriminalisasi (Geram Kriminalisasi), Front Perjuangan
Rakyat (FPR), Partai Hijau Indonesia (PHI), Partai Pembebasan Rakyat
(PPR), Solidaritas Kebudayaan Masyarakat Indonesia (Sebumi), Konfederasi
Pergerakan Rakyat Indonesia DKI (KPRI DKI), Serikat Perjuangan Rakyat
Indonesia (SPRI), Komite Perlawanan Rakyat (KPR), Politik Rakyat, Urban
Poor Consortium (UPC), Jaringan Relawan Kemanusiaan (JRK), Jaringan
Rakyat Miskin Kota (JRMK), Mahasiswa Progresif Universitas Indonesia
(Semar UI), Federasi Mahasiswa Kerakyatan (FMK), Front Mahasiswa
Nasional (FMN), Forum Kesatuan Aksi Mahasiswa (FKAM) Universitas 17
Agustus Jakarta, Wilson Obrigados, Andreas Iswinarto, Bonnie Triyana