Jayapura, Jubi – Papua’s military and police chiefs visited Karubaga Sub-district, Tolikara Regency after rioting left stalls burned and prompted security forces to open fired at 11 members of the Evangelical Church in Indonesia (GIDI) on Friday morning (17/7/2015), coinciding with Eid al Fitr celebrations.
Cenderawasih XVII Regional Military Commander Major General Fransen G Siahaan and Papua Police Chief Inspector General Yotje Mende on Saturday held a meeting to find the best solution to the conflict.
The meeting was also attended by Tolikara Deputy Regent, Tolikara Police Chief, the President of the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Indonesia the Rev. Dorman Wandikbo and the victims. The Regional Commander said the Military and Indonesian Police and other people’s component including the victims of both sides, Muslims and GIDI together would rebuild the Mushola, kiosks and houses that burned in the incident. Cenderwasih Regional Military Command would also collect and transported the used-clothes and foodstuffs by helicopter.
The Papua Police Chief further said he’s very concerned about what was happened yesterday. The Indonesian Police will carry out their duty that is securing the situation and location, doing mediation and listing the inventory of material losses.
Meanwhile the regent and regional authorities has also made an agreement with the victims as follow:
1. The regent is responsible for the material losses and will rebuild the houses and stalls;
2. The regent will facilitate the meeting among related parties for resolution;
3. The regent will apologize to the victims of both sides of Muslims and indigenous Papuans;
4. Military and Indonesian Police will maintain the security and help to build the temporary facilities.
Based on temporary review, the chronology of incident was started when the crowd burned Mr. Sarno’s house and Silvi’s stalls. Quickly the fire grew larger and spread to fuel stall and then burned the entire stalles and houses. Mushola where located in the same location was not escape from the fire either. The purpose of visit of the Regional Military Commander and Papua Police Chief on location is to align the information that randomly circulated in public as well as to confirm the reality on the crowd deliberately burned the Mushola. For this reason, the Regional Military Commander asked the intelligent to be more cautious against those who take benefit on this situation by creating chaos when the situation is getting better after the incident.
“Regional Military Commander is promptly prepared and integrated to support law enforcement by firstly seeking the accurate data. The fact about mushola was being burned is not true,” the Commander said in his visit on location.
Based on last observation on the ground, there are 38 family units who became the victims of fire and violence, 63 burning stalls and 153 people were displaced. The victims are coming from both sides, Muslims and Christians, Non-Papuans and Indigenous Papuans as well. The indigenous Papuans who became the victims of violence committed by the Rev. Marthen Jingga and the Rev. Marthen Manimbo are including Bindo Jikwa, Dorkas Jikwa, Nasiora Jikwa, Natina Jikwa and Timobe Kogoya.
In regards to repressive act by the security forces that caused the casualties, the Papua Police Chief said the police will conduct the thorough investigation on it and it would be process professionally. If the offenders were found among the officers, the police would crack them up. All victims are currently taken a medical treatment, four are hospitalized at Wamena Public Hospital while 7 was treated at Jayapura Dok II Public Hospital.
Meanwhile the President of the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Indonesia the Rev. Dorman Wandikbo who was also with the Regional Military Commander and Papua Police Chief said GIDI had no intention to cause chaos. Thus, as GIDI representative, he apologized for the mistreatment of GIDI’s members over the Muslims in doing Eid Fitr prayer.
The Vice Chairman of Tolikara Legislative Council Yotham Wonda also regretted the incident because it should be solved through dialogue for not staining the religious tolerance among people. The Chairman of the Commission A of Tolikara Legislative Council Originis Wanimbo recognized the low education among the local people made them easily to be provoked. Meanwhile, Hajj Colem whose stall was burned in the incident said in the meeting that he hope the incident would never happen in the future.
After the meeting, the Military and Police and local residents worked together to clean the debris. In completion of their visit, the Regional Military Commander and Papua Police Chief took their time to give donation to the victims of fire victims in the refugee camps where located behind the Regional Military Headquarter. (Victor Mambor/rom)