Jayapura, Jubi – Mathea Mameyau, a member of Commission I of the Papua Legislative Council said the government and police must give space to the people of Papua to convey their aspirations.
“I think the government and police should be professional. If a demo is violent the protesters may be arrested. Why should be arrested if they do not act violently? They speak to the truth and do not act anarchist,” Mathea told Jubi in response to the arrest of dozens of KNPB activists and people of Papua in Waena last week.
He said, it is not right to arrest when they held a peaceful demonstration to express their aspirations.
“Give them freedom to speak the truth and their self-esteem,” he added.
Meanwhile, Ones Suhuniap, General Secretary of KNPB to Jubi said, police from Jayapura city had to disperse and capture mass by issuing shot. This action led to the dissolution of five people were injured and dozens arrested.
“This arrest was caused byUNCEN student who became a provocateur by throwing stones at police from the direction of the secretariat BEM Uncen and from the campus on the way up,” he said on Thursday (28/05/2015).
Peaceful demonstration coordinated by KNPB was to support the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP).
“Members KNPB arrested at the gate of Uncen in Perumnas III Waena. The arrest occurred at 09:15 am. In this arrest, KNPB activists were injured as police beating during an arrest, “added Suhuniap. (Arnold Belau/ Tina)