Jayapura, Jubi – A member of the Papua Legislative Council (DPRP) said the government had not paid attention to 12 civilians who were shot during the rioting in Karubaga, Tolikara two weeks ago.
The chairman of the Special Committee on Human Rights of the DPRP, Laurenzus Kadepa said, no official had talked about the shooting of the 12 civilians, which killed one of them.
“The state has not yet discussed the Tolikara incident that left one child dead and 11 people wounded. All the victims are indigenous Papuans, ” Kadepa said via text message to Jubi, last week.
According to him, state officials were only busy talking about the burned mosque and stalls.
“Why is the state only managing and investigating the matter of the mosque and kiosks and ignore the lives of Papuans. It’s a matter of humanity that should not be underestimated. Papuans are not animals who can be arbitrarily shot, “he said.
Papua legislative speaker Yunus Wonda said the burned mosque can be rebuilt but “what about the lives of Papuan who are the victims of the shooting?”
“We ask the police to uncover who the perpetrators of the shooting. Various parties described that the shooting incident that led to a tense situation was because people in the mountains has been traumatized by the sound of guns. There was no intention to burn mushola, “Yunus Wonda added. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)