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.