Wamena, Jubi – Jayawijaya Community Forum of Papua Central Highland (FMJPTP) staged a ‘coffee drinking’ protest in front of Jayawijaya Parliament Office for three days, 14 to 16 March to urge the local parliament (DPRD) to respond to people’s aspirations.
“DPRD is not taking our aspirations seriously,” FMJPTP Chairman Mully Wetipo told Jubi in Wamena on Wednesday (16/3/2016).
He said the complaints included poor healthcare at Wamena Public Hospital, high basic commodities’ prices, and the plans to build the Mobile Brigade Headquarters in Wamena; but there had been no response.
He promised to hold the coffee drinking protest until getting the answers.
Local development observer Yance Tenoye asked DPRD Jayawijaya no listen to popular demands.
“DPRD must be brave. It should be independent and establish a good working system. It should not look to who deliver the aspirations but the message is more important, especially regarding to the public service,” said Tenoye.
Activist Alius Asso appealed all stakeholders in Wamena to not considering FMJPTP as an enemy of DPRP. “Do not judge the persons but what they convey,” said Asso.
Operations Unit Head of Jayawijaya Police Commissionaire Tofan and his officers came to Jayawijaya Parliament Office to ask FMJPTP to leave the building. (Wesai H/rom)