Jayapura, Jubi – The Papuan Youth and Student Movement (Gempar) held a rally to reject the visit of President Joko Widodo to Papua, accusing him of failing to run the country.
“We reject the president’s visit to Papua due to his improper policies including raising fuel prices, ” the secretary general of Germpar Samuel Womsiwor said during the rally at campus of Cenderawasih University in Waena on Friday (08/03/2015).
He added other policies that disadvantaged Papua is the transmigration program, which could result in the presence of more migrants at the expense of indigenous Papuans.
“Not only that, after Jokowi became president, there are many shooting cases in Papua. For instance the Paniai bloody shootings occurred in Paniai on December 8, 2014, the KNPB disbanding case and the shooting of six civilians causing one died, and the shooting of two civilians in Nabire,” he added.
Therefore, Gempar said that his visit was more like image -making. It hoped he soon solved the problems of human rights violations in Papua.
“We urge him to pull back Indonesian military forces from Papua and to immediately open access for foreign journalists to cover the event in Papua. In addition, we also ask him to give democratic space in Papua, “Womsiwor stated.
Meanwhile, Benny Hisage, one of Gempar activists in his oration asked the Indonesian government to immediately acknowledge the existence of Papua in MSG and promptly resolve the problem of political status of Papua.
“We ask Indonesian government to not be hypocritical. We Papuans are Melanesian. Not Malay. So we asked that the Indonesia recognizes and encourages Papua to be a member of MSG, “Hisage said in his oration. (Arnold Belau/ Tina)