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Green Left Weekly: West Papua: Gov't tries to pin shootings blame on activists

Written By Voice Of Baptist Papua on July 1, 2012 | 2:58 AM

Sunday, July 1, 2012
The Indonesian government has engaged in a spin campaign over the recent wave of mysterious shootings in Indonesian-occupied West Papua in an attempt to derail the struggle for independence.

With no evidence, Indonesian police have blamed the shootings on the Free Papua Movement (OPM) and its armed wing, the National Liberation Army. Several Papuan independence activists were killed, along with others wounded or killed since the attacks began in late May.

Police have also singled out the West Papua National Committee (KNBP) for blame, an organisation with no history of violence. KNBP spokesperson Victor Yeimo said a mass surrender of KNBP members would take place to force police to investigate the shootings properly, Bintang Papua said on June 25.

“The police need to investigate this,” said Yeimo. “As yet, they have not be able to say who was responsible and have not made any arrests. The KNBP suspects that this … has quite deliberately been stirred up by the police and the military.”

The KNBP's move came after one of its leaders, Mako Tabuni, was murdered by police and Australian-backed Detachment 88 anti-terrorist troops in Jayapura on June 14. His death sparked a small-scale riot by outraged locals.

The executive coordinator of human rights group Kontras, Haris Azhar, told the Jakarta Globe on June 17 the killing bore all the hallmarks of a police hit.


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