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Police, TNI raid KNPB secretariat in Merauke, 14 activists arrested

December 21, 2020

Police, TNI raid KNPB secretariat in Merauke, 14 activists arrested

Suara Papua – December 15, 2020

Charles Maniani, Manokwari — Mobile Brigade (Brimob) paramilitary
police, national police intelligence officers (intel) and the army’s
special forces (Kopassus) stormed the West Papua National Committee
(KNPB) offices in the Almasuh area of Merauke regency, Papua, during a
raid on Sunday December 13.

This was reported by a Suara Papua informant from Merauke on Monday. The
raid ended in two motorcycles being taken away and six people arrested.

"Yesterday, on Sunday (13/12/2020) at around 2 pm local time Brimob and
intel officers arrived and vandalised the KNPB secretariat in Almasuh,
they arrested six people and two motorcycles were taken", the source
told Suara Papua from Merauke.

When sought for confirmation on Tuesday, Merauke KNPB member Yoris Wopay
said that arrests were made on two occasions totalling 14 people who are
being held temporarily by the Merauke district police (Polres).

"They were all arrested and beaten with cane sticks, four people were
ordered to lie on the ground, then they were taken to Polres, there they
were assaulted again, Kristian Yandun’s head was cut and bleeding and
Michael Beteop’s back was bleeding, then they were detained with
criminal prisoners. And two motorcycles were taken by the Merauke
Polres", he explained.

No reason has been given for their detention and they have asked for a
lawyer. Suara Papua meanwhile has been unable to obtain confirmation
from the Merauke district police as to why they were arrested.

The names of those arrested are: KNPB Chairperson Charles Sraun (38),
Deputy Chairperson Petrus Paulus Kontremko (32), KNPB diplomacy division
head Robertus Landa (23) and KNPB members Kristian Yandun (38), Michael
Beteop (24), Elias Kmur (38), Marianus Anyum (25), Kristian. M. Anggunop
(24), Emanuel. T Omba (24), Petrus Kutey (27), Linus Pasim (26),
Salerius Kamogou (24), Petrus Koweng (28) and Yohanes Yawon (23).

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was
"Sekretariat KNPB Merauke Digerebek, 14 Aktivis Ditangkap".]


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