Jayapura, 5/4 (Jubi) – The Morning Star flag flew 10 hours before being taken down after a shoot-out on Saturday between security forces and dozens of armed civilians
Hundreds of military and police personnel had been on alert at the border of Indonesia and PNG for an hour after getting information about the flag- raising around 05.30pm (local time). A gunfight erupted between security forces and the armed group before the Morning Star was taken down.
The chief of Staff of Military Command XVII /Cenderawasih Brigadier General Hinsa Siburian said that the armed group’s action was a provocation.
“However, our personnel were disciplined and restrained and did not act blindly,” Siburian stated on Saturday (5/4).
The Jayapura police chief, Alfred Papare, was with some police and military officers monitoring the event in a nearby tower when the group opened fire at the tower, injuring him and a soldier.
“The shot hit the glass window and glass debris hurt the police chief, ” Siburian added.
The security forces have been trying to negotiate so that the group could disperse.
“They deliberately raised the flag at the border, so if they passed the border, we can not chase them,” said Siburian.
Website kodam17cenderawasih.mil.id mentioned that the joint security forces in charge of securing the location are from Muara Tami, Battalion (Infantry Bataliyon) 751/Raider, and border security Battalion 642/Kapuas RI-PNG.
Papua police spokesman Commissioner Sulistyo Pudjo Hartono said the armed group was seeking to disrupt economic ties between Indonesia and Papuan New Guinea.
“This is an extraordinary effort to interfere in government programs,” Sulistyo said on Saturday (5/4).
Three of members of the armed were hit by sniper fire from the Papua Police Special Team but .they were taken to the woods of PNG by their friends, according to security forces.
When there was a gunfire, a man who called himself Danny Wenda contacted Jubi via PNG phone at about 06.30 ( local time).
“Today is Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 5:00 early this morning, the Morning Star and UN flags were hoisted in Wutung, Indonesia – Papua New Guinea border by West Papua Revolutionary Army, under commander of gen. Mathias Wenda [Command Supreme Commander of the Revolutionary Army of West Papua]. The gunfire with the military is ongoing. ” the man who is from highland area and now live in Vanimo informed.
Kodam17cenderawasih.mil.id said the joint military/police patrol was looking for Wenda who they said was fomenting instability ahead of legislative elections in 2014.
Wenda has not showed up in public for the past 2-3 years. (Jubi / Indrayadi/ Tina)
Indonesian military to complete Trans-Papua Highway
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. (*)
Indonesian soldier dead after attack at Papua airport
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. (*)
A sad story of education from Papuan outreached and border areas
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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