Indonesia: Papuan demonstrators and students met with teargas and warning shots, leaders arrestedEvent
- Initial Date
- Mar 31, 2022
- Event Description
Translation types Text translation Source text 4,803 / 5,000 Translation results Oktovianus Tabuni from the Gratia Legal Aid Post in Nabire said the police had forcibly dispersed a mass demonstration against the planned expansion of Papua Province and Papua Special Autonomy at Karang Tumaritis Market, Nabire, Thursday (31/3/2022). However, some of the participants in the same demonstration managed to deliver a statement of their position at the Office of the Regional People's Legislative Assembly or DPRD Nabire. The demonstration in Nabire followed the call for the Papuan People's Petition (PRP), a petition that garnered support from the Papuan people to reject Papua's Special Autonomy Volume 2, and to demand the right of self-determination for the Papuan people. PRP is supported by 116 grassroots movement organizations, youth, students, communities/paguyuban. There are at least 718,179 Papuan people who have expressed their support for the Papuan People's Petition. Since last week, the Papuan People's Petition has called for simultaneous demonstrations to reject Papua's Special Autonomy, the plan for the expansion of Papua, and to demand the right to self-determination. The PRP's appeal called for a demonstration to be held on April 1, 2022, but the demonstration in Nabire took place earlier on Thursday. The participants of the demonstration gathered in a number of locations since 09.00 WP. Oktovianus Tabuni said that since Thursday morning, residents who will take part in the action have gathered in four different locations. The four locations are Pasar Karang Tumaritis Nabire, in front of the Satya Wiyata Mandala (Uswin) Nabire University campus, in front of the Jepara II Wadio Hotel, and the SP1 Nabire intersection. “The crowd that gathered at Wadio, in front of the Jepara II Hotel and at the Uswim campus, disbanded, because there were so few people who joined there. They then joined the crowd that had gathered at the Nabire DPRD office, which was located in Kali Bobo. Meanwhile, there were many who gathered at the SP1 intersection, and had a chance to have a dialogue with the police because they asked the Nabire DPRD members to be presented to accept the aspirations of the Papuan People's Petition, "said Tabuni. Demonstrations also took place at the Karang Tumaritis Market. According to Tabuni, members of the Nabire DPRD, Sambena Inggeruhi and Cahaya Tambroni, had time to meet the protesters at the Karang Tumaritis Market. “Members of the Nabire DPRD, Sambena Inggeruhi and Cahaya Tambroni, were present at the Karang Market to receive their aspirations. However, the coordinator of the action [at Karang Tumaritis Market] rejected the DPRD members, because the masses asked to march as well as read their aspirations directly at the Nabire DPRD office,” said Tabuni. However, the police refused the request, and forbade the masses at Karang Tumaritis Market to march to the Nabire DPRD office. “When the crowd was about to walk, there was chaos after the police tried to arrest the coordinator of the action and kick the demonstrators. There was a commotion and chaos at the Karang Tumarits Nabire Market,” said Tabuni. Tabuni said police then fired tear gas and warning shots. Tabuni said he received information that three to five people were arrested by the police, including the coordinator of the action at the Karang Tumaritis Market, and were being interrogated at the Nabire Police Headquarters. Although the demonstrators at Karang Tumaritis Market were dispersed by the police, Tabuni said the demonstration of the Papuan People's Petition at the Nabire DPRD Office was peaceful. "The protesters at the Nabire DPRD office have read their statement," said Tabuni. Limiting the rights of Tabuni residents to criticize the police for preventing Nabire residents from joining the Papuan People's Petition demonstration. He reminded that the freedom to express opinions in public is the right of every citizen guaranteed by the 1945 Constitution. “The police also fired shots, that was a bad treatment. It should be the mass police who want to join the masses in the Nabire DPRD, in trucks so they don't get into chaos," said Tabuni. Separately, the Director of the Papuan Legal Aid Institute, Emanuel Gobay, stated that the demonstration of the Papuan People's Petition in Karang Tumaritis Nabire became chaotic because the police tried to arrest one of the coordinators of the action. He asked the Nabire Police Chief to take action against the police who came to the crowd and tried to arrest the coordinator of the action, because this action made the crowd angry and caused chaos. "[There was a policeman who] pulled one of the participants in the action. And [there was] a police officer who kicked the protester and beat him," said Gobay. General. The action of the police kicking and hitting demonstrators also fulfills the criminal element of beating as stipulated in Article 170 of the Criminal Code.
Translation types Text translation Source text 2,207 / 5,000 Translation results The demonstration by the Nabire Student and Papuan People's Solidarity (SMRP) was forcibly dispersed by the police, Thursday [31/3/2022] The video footage showing the repressive actions of the security forces has gone viral on social media. In the video, the action of Papuan students and people in Nabire withdraws the Special Autonomy and rejects the DOB. The gathering point for the coral market is disbanded with gunfire and tear gas. It was seen that 2 people were arrested by armed violence apparatus, while the protesters took shelter in the market and in the market aisles. Police in full force while firing shots conducted a search inside the Karang market. Disbanded due to pandemic reasons According to the information compiled by Kabar Mapegaa, the demonstration by hundreds of Solidatitas students and the Papuan people was initially peaceful. Not long after, the police asked the students and the Papuan people who were holding the demonstration in Karang Tumaritis to immediately disperse. The reason is that the crowd action carried out is considered to have the potential to cause the transmission of Covid-19. However, the warnings of disbandment by the police were not heeded by the mass action of students and the Papuan people. The actions of the Papuan students and people who were still holding out at the location were finally forced to disperse with firearms and tear gas during the forced dispersal. The mass action of the Papuan Students and People who tried to survive was finally carried out by repressive actions by the police. Two people from the mass protest were reportedly arrested by armed violence officers Police do an evaluation After the video showing the police's repressive actions against Papuan students and people went viral on social media, Nabire Police Chief AKBP I Ketut Suarnaya, S.I.K., S.H, spoke up. Suarnaya admitted that he regretted the repressive actions taken by his members. Moreover, previously the members had been ordered to act humanely in carrying out security. Therefore, his party will conduct an internal evaluation and are ready to take firm action against the guilty members. "There are still unscrupulous people's behavior, of course we will take firm action," said Suarnya.
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- Other (e.g. undefined, organisation, community)
- (Arbitrary) Arrest and Detention
- Violence (physical)
- Rights Concerned
- Freedom of assembly
- Freedom of expression
- Right to healthy and safe environment
- Right to liberty and security
- Right to Protest
- Right to self-determination
- Minority rights defender
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- Summary for Publications
On 31 March 2022, a number of Papuan minority rights defenders and students were met with violence by the police including warning shots and teargas, while at least 3 leaders were arrested for protesting the proposed expansion of the Papua Province and Papua Special Autonomy in Nabiri, Papua, Indonesia.