Jayapura, Jubi – Jayapura Resort Police said that they had sent dozens of West Papua National Committee (KNPB) arrested in Sentani, Jayapura Regency, Monday (May 1), when they were about to hold the commemoration of Papua Annexation Day, May 1, 1963.
Jayapura Police Chief, AKBP. Gustav Urbinas confirmed that they had ‘secured’ as many as 53 people of KNPB supporters. However, after being identified, they were then discharged.
“It has been released at 16:00 PM, we only identified their data, questioned, then sent them home.”
They were ‘secured’ when they are going to hold activities. “But its activities without notice to the police,” said AKBP. Gustav Urbinas to Jubi via phone, Monday (May 1).
According to him, since the action will be conducted in the community area and involves many people, the police took the masses to the local Polres to ask about the activities undertaken and its purpose.
“They held an activity in Sekertariat KNPB in BTN Purwodadi,” he said.
The police chief also denied the information obtained by Jubi mentioning that in the police has damaged the Sentani KNPB Secretariat and ransacked the property of KNPB and public around the secretariat.
“Oh, no, no, we only secure materials that are against the Unitary Republic of Indonesia, materials such as KNPB flags, cloths, documents and all that, and personal items have been returned,” he said.
Agus Pahabol, secretary of KNPB Sentani confirmed to Jubi May 1 that their secretariat were being raid and damaged the facilities and repainted the walls of the house. They also seized KNPB’s belongings.
He confirmed 53 people as the first arrest, but he said dozens to 200 other were also taken away and brought to the police station but they were kept at the front of the police station.
Bazoka Logo, spokesman of KNPB Central as quoted from suarapapua.com said that at 07.36 AM, the police came to the Secretariat KNPB Sentani region and forced the masses to disperse.(*)
Reporter : Arjuna Pedemme
Editor : Zely Ariane