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Police beat protesters with rattan sticks at rally in Papua, two badly injured

June 3, 2022

Police beat protesters with rattan sticks at rally in Papua, two badly


CNN Indonesia – June 3, 2022

Jakarta — Two students were reportedly injured today when they were
blocked by police during a long-march in the provincial capital of
Jayapura opposing new autonomous regions (DOB) in Papua. The police
meanwhile have denied this.

Papua human rights activist Younes Douw said that a large number of
students and indigenous Papuans (OAP) took to the streets for the action
on Friday June 3 and estimated that there were around 2,650 people.

"Around 650 students took to the streets today. Added to by the Papuan
community of around 2,000 people", Douw told CNN Indonesia.

Douw said that the actions today were held at several different points
in Jayapura such as Yahukimo, Waena and Abepura. Almost every single
gathering point however, was blockaded by police.

"Like this morning there was a police blockade from Waena in the
directing of Abepura", he said.

As of this morning, Douw said that two students were injured because of
the repressive actions by police.

The two were Jayapura Science and Technology University (USTJ) student
David Goo and Cendrawasih University (Unas) student Yebet Tegei. Both
suffered serious head injuries.

"They were beaten using rattan sticks", he said.

Jayapura district police chief Assistant Superintendent Victor D Mackbon
meanwhile dismissed the reports from the students saying it was a lie.

"It’s a hoax. So please, if indeed they exist, they [should] report it.
But if they don’t exist, that means it’s not true", Mackbon told CNN

The police had earlier prohibited the demonstration against new
autonomous regions which was to be held as a long-march in Jayapura
organised by the Papua People’s Petition (PRP).

"We will conduct a sweep if there’s a long-march, we will continue to
use persuasion in facilitating it. Everyone has the right to convey a
view or aspiration and it’s regulated under law", Mackbon told
journalists earlier on Wednesday June 1. (yla/gil)

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was
"Demo Tolak DOB Diadang Aparat di Papua, Mahasiswa Luka Dipukul Rotan".]


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