Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Police Chief Inspector General Yotje Mende proposed to local parliament that the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) be disbanded for its links to separatist rebels.
“KNPB have been brutal recently. I propose it be disbanded because it is an illegal organization. I consider it an underground organization that drives the Free Papua Movement. I asked the Central Government’s support to state the KNPB’s dissolution although it is not officially been authorized,” Chief Mende said on Monday (23/3/2015).
He said KNPB was seeking to gain public sympathy for its goal of independence. “I took action twice against them. At first, it was happened in last February in Nabire. We had sufficient evidence. There was a document asking for support from overseas, including from Benny Wenda who currently abroad. I have reported it to the Indonesian Parliament’s Commission I to disband him go abroad. Because he’s the main actor to obtain the overseas support,” he said.
Meanwhile the KNPB Spokesperson Bazoka Loga said the police do not just talk. They must have a reason to disband his organization. The Papua Police must explain their reason. He said so far the criminal actor was always the police not KNPB. “They have no evidence that KNPB was the organization that threated the country or organization of crime,” he told Jubi by phone. (Arjuna Pademme/Arnold Belau/rom)