Jayapura, Jubi – Papua legislator Laurenzus Kadepa criticized a number of mining companies operating in Papua for using any means to extract dredge the natural resources of Papua.
He said he was not only talking about PT. Freeport Indonesia, but also gold mining activities in Degeuwo people’s mining area, Paniai Regency.
According to him, one of companies operated in Degeuwo people’s mining areas, PT. Madinah Qurrata’ain, has appointed Rudiard Tampubolon, a retired Inspector General policeman as its CEO.
He said he was worried that activities by the company would give bad impact to the local community.
“For the sake of gold, the capitalist companies in Papua join hands with the Military/Police and neglect the aspect of humanity. I am afraid there would cause the civilians as victims. It’s enough if until now the civilians were sacrificed for the interest of investors, certain groups or parties,” Kadepa told Jubi by phone on Monday (26/10/2015).
He said during the time there are a lot of trouble happened on people’s mining area in Degeuwo. And often many lives were taken for many reasons. Kadepa do not want this condition is continuing to happen. He expected the relevant stakeholder could take measures and solutions about the existence of this mining area.
“It is often the shooting incidents over civilians were occurred along to Degeuwo River areas by security forces. Particular culprits supplied the alcohol drinks to the mining areas. It’s not enough; they also brought the sex workers. The gold was taken away and gave HIV-AIDS. That’s what was happening out there,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Paniai Customary Council Chief, John NR Gobay, quoted by suarapapua.com said those companies are now openly holding the security forces, even they hired the Mobile Brigade personnel to guard companies’ office and mining areas. While Gobay further said the Mobile Brigade personnel have shot the civilian surrounding the people’s mining area for several times. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)