Former Leading Figures of ‘Free Papua Movement’ Attend Kopasus Gathering


Jakarta, Jubi – Former leading figures of the ‘Free Papua Movement’ and dozens of other leaders from conflict regions, such as Aceh and Maluku got together for the commemoration of the 63rd anniversary of the Army Special Forces Kopassus in Jakarta this week.

Among the guests were Nicolas Youwe, Nick Meset, Frans Yocku, and Supir Murib. While others were Aceh deputy governor Muzakir Manaf (a former GAM commander), founder of the Guerrilla Army of Sarawak (PGRS) Bong Kee Chok, and Ambon War Commander Muhammad Attamimi, and Abdul Wahab Polpoke.

Supir Murib, a member of an armed group from Puncak Jaya, said he joined Indonesia after seeing the progress of development in his region.

“My friends and I are not taking up arms because of the seriousness of the government to build our region,” Supir Murib said.

Supir Murib and Maipur Murib were involved in several cases of shootings in Puncak Jaya such as the killing of security forces.


There were also elite officers who attended the ceremony including TNI Commander Gen. Moeldoko, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, and a number of former officials in the red beret troops, one of them was Prabowo Subianto as well as former Vice President and former Armed Forces Chief Gen Tri Sutrino and a number of officials from neighboring countries such as from East Timor, Malaysia, and Cambodia . (*)

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