Jayapura , 10/3 ( Jubi ) – The Movement of Youths, Students and People ( GEMPAR) will rally against an expanded Special Autonomy bill on Tuesday ( 11/3).
“Our action is clear: we reject the Special Autonomy Plus bill (Otsus Plus) which has been floated by the government since 2013 ,” GEMPAR coordinator Yason Ngelia told reporters at the Cenderawasih University Students Executive Baord (BEM) Secretariat in Permunas III Waena , Jayapura on Monday ( 10/3) .
Ngelia, who is also the chairman of the Executive Board of the Student of Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at Cenderawasih University, said that even though the police refused to issue a permit for the protest, the group still hold a street rally.
“The threat of dissolution by the police is unreasonable and will not deter students in exercising their democratic rights,” he stated.
Daniel Kosama , chairman of Muhammadiyah STIKOM Students Executive Board in Jayapura, said the students’ demands are clear and urged the police not to stop the protest.
“We demand the Government to immediately end all the process of Otsus Plus because it is clearly not what the Papuan people want,” he said.
He said called the police refusal to issue a permit “unwise and anti-democratic” .
He urged that the chief of the Jayapura police to cooperate with Gempar to maintain security during the demonstration tomorrow. ( Jubi / Aprila/ Tina )