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Nick Chesterfield, westpapuamedia.info

Photo Report: Warning Graphic Photos

(Wednesday, October 6, 2010). West Papuan people in Wamena are expressing fear after the shooting of community security guards by police on Monday.  In a show of force, Indonesian security forces have deployed hundreds of fully armed combat troops on the streets to prevent local people from gathering in protest against the police shootings of members of Petapa.
(Fully armed combat troops patrolling Wamena streets, Wednesday October 6, 2010.  Photos taken by witness in hiding)

A high level reconciliation team made up of has met briefly to try and avert any conflict but it has ended its meeting without any clear result.  Local activists fear that the Indonesian state is outraged by the threat of a community security guard providing protection to West Papuan people seeking to engage in acts of free expression.

On Monday, a detachment of community security guards attempted to seek an explanation with Airport police for the heavy handed seizure of uniforms.  Police at the Wamena North airport police station refused to provide an explanation , instead emerging firing live ammunition into the crowd after a missile was thrown breaking a single tooth of the Jayawijaya police chief I Gede Sumerta.  As retribution for the broken tooth, police pursued the crowd for over a kilometre, shooting dead Ismail Lokobal in the chest. Police then arrested another ten people.  Amos Wetipo and Frans Lokobal were shot in the head and wrist respectively after they refused to get out of the police truck when it returned to the station.  Shooting of unarmed and bound detainees is deemed by international law as an extrajudicial execution.

However, according to a local human rights team, Indonesian police are consistently refusing to take responsibility for the attack and pursuit on unarmed members of the Community Security Force Pentapa, nor are they accepting any responsibility for unprovoked shooting of detainees inside a police truck.  Instead they are blaming Pentapa for attacking the police post.  Indonesian police have told AFP that they will have to wait until an autopsy is conducted to determine the cause of death for the shot man.

(Note: westpapuamedia.info is publishing clear and obvious photos showing the gunshot wounds in Mr Lokobal’s chest.)

No Need for Autopsy

The crisis meeting was attended by Disaster Coordinator Wetipo Amos, Chairman of ELSHAM (Institute for the Study and Advocacy of Human Rights) Theo Hesegem, and other representatives of NGOs, church leaders and DAP, together with the Vice Regent of Jayawijaya, and members of Parliament.

Local West Papuan activists, who have asked not to be identified, have called on the Indonesian government to immediately send the military in Wamena back to their barracks and for police officers to take responsibility for their action.


Photos of DAP Commnity Security Guards

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Mobilising a Papuan peace force in Sabron by DAP!

Mobilising a Papuan peace force in Sabron by DAP!

Mobilisation of P3 force by DAP!

Bintang Papua, 3 September 2010

Mobilising a Papuan peace force in Sabron

Without making a lot of noise, the Dewan Papua Adat (Papuan Customary Council) has now mobilised its own force in response to the rising political tension in Papua.

They have mobilised more than 500 people for a Papuan Peace Force (P3) and yesterday they took part in a rally in the forecourt of the home of the chairman of DAP, Forkorus Yaboisembut.

This mobilisation of forces has also taken place in other places such as Manokwari, Biak and Sorong.

Forkorus said that this mobilisation is in response to the intensifying political situation in Papua, which means that a force is needed to protect the authority of DAP, its personnel, its land and its natural resources.

He said that orders had been given to each Korda (district coordinator) to send forces to Jayapura but because of time pressures, on this occasion, it occurred in each respective region.

‘Normally this would take place at Kemtuk Gresik but on this occasion, we held it at the DAP office although some mobilisation also took place in Biak, while in Manokwari, joint prayers were held.

‘We are aware that the political situation in Papua has intensified. Therefore in order to safeguard a peaceful atmosphere, this is being done in order to avoid anything happening here like what happened in East Timor, should an independent Papua emerge.’ [This is clearly a reference to the situation that arose in East Timor following the referendum held in 1999 which voted overwhelming in favour of Timorese independence. On that occasion, an estimated one thousand people died and tens of thousands were forced from their homes by the Indonesian military.]

He want to say: ‘We must respect each other.’

He said that should the UN agree to a referendum being held, the P3 forces would stand ready to safeguard everyone thus reducing the possibility of acts of revenge by those unsatisfied with the agreement by the UN (for a referendum).

He also said that as a follow-up to today’s event, the DAP will visit all parts of Papua for the creation of P3 forces throughout the territory. He also said that ‘the force has already been set up. It now remains for us to identify its function and equipment, so as to ensure that it plays the role of keeping the situation peaceful, on both sides of the political divide’.

Members of P3 have been mobilised in a number of places such as Dapabre, Genyem, Kentut Gresik, Sentani, and Abepura, including Polimak Jayapura, amounting to altogether 500 people.