West Papua National Committee members facing Indonesia police in last demonstration on June 15, 2016 - Jubi/Yuliana Lantipo

KNPB Claims Police Detain 1,004 Members

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West Papua National Committee members facing Indonesia police in last demonstration on June 15, 2016 - Jubi/Yuliana Lantipo
West Papua National Committee members facing Indonesia police in last demonstration on June 15, 2016 – Jubi/Yuliana Lantipo

Jayapura, Jubi – The West Papua National Committee claimed that more than 1,000 of its members have been detained by police during a rally on Wednesday to oppose the Human Rights Investigation Team set up by the Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs on(15/6/2016).

“All were detained. We are now at Jayapura Police Office. There are 1,004 activists. They are still being questioned at the Police’s office,” Chairman of KNPB Sentani Region Alan Halitopo told Jubi on Wednesday (15/06/2016).

He said the Police arrested them because they did not have a permit for the rally.

But KNPB said they were likely to be released after being questioned.

Bazoka Logo, Central KNPB spokesperson told today the Police broke its record of arrests against Papuans.

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“The colonial government made a record of highest detention,” he said. This detention proved Indonesia is no longer democratic State.

Separately, Jayapura Police spokesperson Imam Rubianto they questioned 600 people and released them shortly after “They have been released this afternoon, at five o’clock. Cellphones that were seized by the Police have been returned as well,” he said.

Papua police spokesman Patridge Renwarin said police localised the demonstrators to limit their movements. He added no one was arrested.

The police action was backed by Atmadji Sumarkdijo, an aide of Chief Security Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, who is set to visit the province today. (Benny Mawel/rom)

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