Papuan pro-independence supporters named People Community Dok 7,8,9 Tanjung Ria in front of Papua House of Representative during the protest on Wednesday (15/6/2016) - Jubi/Arjuna Pademme

Council Speaker Slams Police for Stopping Protestors

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Papuan pro-independence supporters named People Community Dok 7,8,9 Tanjung Ria in front of Papua House of Representative during the protest on Wednesday (15/6/2016) - Jubi/Arjuna Pademme
Papuan pro-independence supporters named People Community Dok 7,8,9 Tanjung Ria in front of Papua House of Representative during the protest on Wednesday (15/6/2016) – Jubi/Arjuna Pademme

Jayapura, Jubi – The Chairman of Papua Legislative Council blasted the police for blocking hundreds of Papuan pro-independence supporters named People Community Dok 7,8,9 Tanjung Ria as they tried to  voice their aspirations at Papua Parliament’s Office on Wednesday (15/6/2016).

The politician from Democrat Party criticized the Police personnel who closed and guarded the entrance gate of Papua Parliament’s Office to avoid the protesters coming to the parliament’s yard. Wonda also apologized to Papuan people who could only give oration at Taman Imbi, Jayapura City after the Police’s restriction.

“The entrances of parliament building has been closed and guarded by the Police. We weren’t elected by the Police but by the people who are suffering selling the beetle nuts, being abandoned. This is their place. We were elected by them to talk about their needs and aspirations; to protect them. We only knew this the house of people,” said Wonda on Friday (17/6/2015).

According to him, it’s not because of the councilors do not want to meet with the protestors, but usually they could meet them when they were at the parliament’s yard. “Papua Legislative Council is not Papua Police. The parliament building is the house of people. This is the place they could express their aspiration. They are free to talk about anything. This is the place. It is not allowed to close and guard the entrance of the building. Don’t let the permit becoming a reason to prohibit people for entering their house,” he said.

He said the Police should let the protesters come to express their aspiration to the parliament, whatever it is. After they did it, they will disband by themselves. “It might not possible that Papua will get independence by tomorrow. The way used by the Police to close the entrance wasn’t right. The host of the building is the councilors, not the Police. It is just not right, and shouldn’t be repeated,” he said. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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