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MIFEE: People of Woboyu Traumatised by Gunshots / Continuing Opposition to Plantations

August 30, 2013

Tabloid Jubi

On 29th August, Romanus Mbaraka, the Bupati or Regency Leader of Merauke, travelled to Kampung Wambi in Okaba District, to try to convince local people that plantation development did not necessarily have to be a bad thing. Hundreds of people from surrounding villages came to hear him speak. A local journalist with tabloidjubi.com also travelled to the event, and took the opportunity to speak to administrative and customary leaders from neighbouring villages about the fear caused by a shooting incident two months previously, and also about the ongoing opposition to all investment plans.

The People of Woboyu Traumatised by Gunshots

The people of Kampung Woboyu until now still feel traumatized by two gunshots which were fired into the air by someone believed to be a member of the security forces.

The shooting incident occurred in July.  Nikodemus Kahol, the customary chief in Woboyu told tabloidjubi.com that the two shots were fired at around 11pm at night.  At the time, the villagers were very scared and traumatized and feelings of fear still linger until the present day.

When asked why the shooting might have occurred, Kahol claimed that at the time there was a delegation from a company that was collecting data about the people, claiming that they would provide aid. However the people were not certain what the company meant when they talked about aid. The company was not collecting data about all of the people in the area, only some of them.

That caused a commotion amongst the people, Kahol continued, and so two shots were fired into the air. “To tell the truth we were shocked and started to panic when we heard the shots. People went to hide in their houses”, he said.

Questionned separately, Suprayogi, the chief of police for Okaba district, said that he would visit the village in the near future. “We will go there to find out whether there really were shots fired, as we have been told by local people,” he said.

Source: Ans.K (tabloidjubi.com)

The People of Okaba, Ngguti and Tubang oppose investment.

In general, people in villages around Okaba Ngguti and Tubang districts oppose plans for investment in the area.  This opposition is in consideration of the fact that forest habitat will be lost.

That was the message of Kampung Wambi’s village head, Kristoforus Basik-Basik when taboidjubi.com spoke to him.  In his opinion, in this wide carpet of forest is a diverse ecosystem, starting with tree kangaroos, wild pigs, deer and other animals.

Therefore if the forest is destroyed, the ecosystem it supports will also be lost.

“We have unanimous agreement to oppose any company, wherever they might come from, that comes and wants to invest. The reason is because the people are bound to suffer a great loss if the forest is cut down. I’ll repeat that once more, we do not want our forest habitat destroyed just like that”, he said.

The Customary Chief of Wambi, Wilhelmus Kaize added that the ancestors have reminded us that the land cannot be surrendered to anyone, and that includes investors. It is better to continue to safeguard it and take care of it, because a lot of wildlife can be found there.

Merauke’s Bupati (Regency Leader), Romanus  Mbaraka said that if the people refuse to accept the presence of corporate investors, then the government should never force the issue. “We will grow in our own way.  However, these corporate investors are part of national government policy. I hope that village leaders can help the people to understand correctly.  So they do not misinterpret the situation”, he requested.

Source:Ans.K (tabloidjubi.com)

English Translation: https://awasmifee.potager.org/?p=542


PT Selaras Inti Semesta’s Unkept Promises to Senegi Villagers

Tabloid Jubi

by Ans K @ Tabloid Jubi

January 4, 2013

The leader of the Merauke District Legislative Council (DPRD), Leonardus Mahuze, says that PT Selaras Inti Semesta, a company logging forest owned by the people of Senegi village in Okaba district, has not fulfilled the promises it made when it started its operations there.

Chairman DPRD Merauke, Leonardus Mahuze (Jubi/Ans)

That was how Leo described the situation to tabloidjubi.com, on Thursday (3/1).  He said that the company’s promise to provide education for Senegi village’s children, including providing college places, has still not happened.  Similarly the company has not provided new houses, electricity supplies or clean water either. As a result, the local people who are the customary landowners in the area, feel they have been exploited.

Until now, Leo related, the only thing which PT Selaras Inti Semesta has completed building has been a church. In the meantime they are logging the forest every day. “Yes, of course the local people are the victims in this situation. The council has received many complaints”, he said.

Leo added that in the near future he will summon PT Selaras Inti Semesta and local people to a meeting at the District Legislative Council, and draw up a memorandum of understanding between the two parties, witnessed by representatives of the people. This is in order to uphold the people’s rights.

(English translation: https://awasmifee.potager.org/?p=308)

Police shooting of escaped political prisoner sparks Manokwari riots

Tabloid Jubi

December 5, 2012

Condition of Manokwari town tense

The town of Manokwari in West Papua is in uproar (On Wedenesday, December 5). It is reported that crowds have run amok and have been carrying out acts of arson.

A (WPM edit: source believe to be police officer) source for tabloidjubi.com in Manokwari states the riot was triggered as the result of the shooting by police officers  of a DPO (Detainee on the political Daftar Pencarian Orang or Wanted persons list)) by the initials TA, who escaped from Prison. on Tuesday.https://i0.wp.com/tabloidjubi.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Manokwari.-ist.jpg

(West Papua Media has confirmed with independent sources in Manokwari that the dead political detainee was named Timotius Napirem Ap – a relative of executed West Papuan songman and nationalist Arnold Ap).

“So last night (Tuesday 4/12) police members chased a DPO prisoner of the initials TA. (police) Members fired warning shots, however the person in question (the escapee)  resisted because he carried a homemade weapon, “ reported the source of Tabloidjubi.com, Wednesday 5/12/12.

According to the source, because the prisoner’s resistance endangered the police, they were forced to shoot him. “However I don’t know precisely where he was shot. But after he was shot he was able to run to the Manokwari District General Hospital (RSUD)’’ he explained.

However he continued,  it appears that because of loss of blood, the prisoner’s life could not be saved. “Even though he was taken to the RSUD, his life could not be saved. This was what triggered the anger of a number of the people. They then lit fires at various points in the town of Manokwari, including the Prison Guard Post perhaps which is in the centre of Manokwari was burned . Up to this moment the situation in Manokwari remains tense,” explained  the  (police) source to Tabloidjubi.com.

Another Tabloidjubi.com source  in Manokwari mentioned that the prisoner had been shot in the feet, neck and back, by the police officers. The prisoner died and was taken secretly by security offers to the morgue in Wirsi last night, 4/12 around 12.00 pm WIT. (West Indonesian time).

“The prisoner was shot in the coastal area of Maripi by the police, without committing any crime. The police chased this person because he escaped using a motor cycle. But because of the chase the police and  intelligence cordoned off and encircled Timotius Ap, which resulted in the prisoner being shot’’ said the Tabloidjubi.com source via his mobile phone.

Meanwhile the Public Relations Officer for the Police District of Papua AKBP I Gede Sumerta Jaya, said that his office was still waiting  for information from Manokwari. “I have not yet received field data. I too am still waiting for data. Shortly, if there is accurate data then I can provide information.” I Gede briefly responded.  (Jubi/Arjuna)