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Council Speaker Slams Police for Stopping Protestors



Papuan pro-independence supporters named People Community Dok 7,8,9 Tanjung Ria in front of Papua House of Representative during the protest on Wednesday (15/6/2016) - Jubi/Arjuna Pademme

Papuan pro-independence supporters named People Community Dok 7,8,9 Tanjung Ria in front of Papua House of Representative during the protest on Wednesday (15/6/2016) – Jubi/Arjuna Pademme

Jayapura, Jubi – The Chairman of Papua Legislative Council blasted the police for blocking hundreds of Papuan pro-independence supporters named People Community Dok 7,8,9 Tanjung Ria as they tried to  voice their aspirations at Papua Parliament’s Office on Wednesday (15/6/2016).

The politician from Democrat Party criticized the Police personnel who closed and guarded the entrance gate of Papua Parliament’s Office to avoid the protesters coming to the parliament’s yard. Wonda also apologized to Papuan people who could only give oration at Taman Imbi, Jayapura City after the Police’s restriction.

“The entrances of parliament building has been closed and guarded by the Police. We weren’t elected by the Police but by the people who are suffering selling the beetle nuts, being abandoned. This is their place. We were elected by them to talk about their needs and aspirations; to protect them. We only knew this the house of people,” said Wonda on Friday (17/6/2015).

According to him, it’s not because of the councilors do not want to meet with the protestors, but usually they could meet them when they were at the parliament’s yard. “Papua Legislative Council is not Papua Police. The parliament building is the house of people. This is the place they could express their aspiration. They are free to talk about anything. This is the place. It is not allowed to close and guard the entrance of the building. Don’t let the permit becoming a reason to prohibit people for entering their house,” he said.

He said the Police should let the protesters come to express their aspiration to the parliament, whatever it is. After they did it, they will disband by themselves. “It might not possible that Papua will get independence by tomorrow. The way used by the Police to close the entrance wasn’t right. The host of the building is the councilors, not the Police. It is just not right, and shouldn’t be repeated,” he said. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)


Indonesian military to complete Trans-Papua Highway



Indonesian soldiers participate in a major military jungle warfare exercise in Poso, in central Sulawesi island, on March 31, 2015. -Photo: AFP

Papua, Jubi – Officials working on a troubled road project in Papua say Indonesia’s military will complete the job this year.

In December, at least 16 Indonesians working on the Trans-Papua Highway in Nduga province were massacred by fighters from the West Papua Liberation Army.

The project was put on hold with the military saying it would take over work on the 4000 kilometre highway.

Combat engineers will reportedly carry out the construction, with hundreds of extra security personnel deployed to the area.

Detik News reports a military battalion has been assigned to the building of the project’s remaining 16 bridges.

Indonesian army engineers had already been working on the Trans-Papua Highway project for a number of years.

Military involvement in the project was cited by the Liberation Army as a central reason for killing the road workers, who were suspected of being soldiers. (*)



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Indonesian soldier dead after attack at Papua airport



Members of the Indonesian Army in Papua. -Photo: AFP

Papua, Jubi – Indonesia’s military has evacuated the body of a soldier killed at an airport in Papua’s Highlands on Monday.

Xinhua reported that gunmen shot at an arriving aircraft carrying soldiers at Mapenduma airport of Nduga district, leaving one soldier dead.

Military spokesman Colonel Muhammad Aidi said when the plane was about to land, it was shot at, and soldiers who were guarding the airport shot back, triggering gunfire exchange.

He said the gunmen retreated and escaped to the forest and the plane landed.

Tempo reported that two soldiers were shot, and hospitalised, with one dying later.

The soldier’s body has been evacuated to Papua’s provincial capital Jayapura,

He is the latest apparent victim in the Highlands conflict between guerilla forces of the West Papua Liberation Army and Indonesian security forces that intensified last year. (*)



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A sad story of education from Papuan outreached and border areas



Pupils at schools in outreached Papua. – Jubi/Dok

Jayapura, Jubi – Education, in Papua today is still a sad story since many schools in outreached or border areas have to struggle to continue their activities even without adequate support from the government.

An educational activist Agustinus Kadepa said the education in Papua, especially in the border and outreached areas, is a complex issue, from the lack of teachers’ attendance to lack of teaching facilities that hampers the learning activities at school.

“This is complicated. Furthermore, we know that a good and qualified educational education could exist when it gains support from many aspects, namely the economy, educational facilities, public awareness of education and so on. Therefore, I think these factors have made many teachers prefer to live in town rather than in those remote areas,” said Kadepa on Thursday (24/1/2019).

Another factor is when teachers apply for the position of civil servants. It has an indirect impact on the number of teachers staying at schools, especially in remote areas. Because most of those teachers would accept the new position as a civil servant and choose to live in town rather than continue teaching in remote areas.

Meanwhile, this problem also considered by the village chief of Kampung Moso, Muara Tami Sub-district of Jayapura Municipality, Agus Watapoa. He said that all the time the primary schools of the Indonesian and PNG border have not a sufficient number of teachers. Therefore, the children are neglected and cannot study at school.

“Teachers who teach in this school village come late to school, at 10 in the morning. So this school is not well running. It’s still open but just not running very well because we only have two classes with a roof,” he said. (*)

Reporter: Agus Pabika

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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