Police Accused of Unprofessional Conduct


Semarang, Jubi – Member of Commission I of Papua Legislative Council, Laurenzus Kadepa criticized the actions of Jayapura city Police when dispersing the crowds and intimidation against one of Jubi journalists, Abeth You in Abepura on last week. He said that the action was unprofessional.

“Police approach against the demonstrators never change. Interestingly, even though the demonstration was not violent, it always leads to arrests, prosecution and destruction. What’s behind all this? ” said Kadepa on last week.

“Remember, police will be sturdy, robust if the people believe. Now it is the opposite, the people have no longer trust with its arrogant and brutal performance. It is not right to persecute journalists and damage journalistic tools and even arrest pastor , “he added.

The  aim of mass action was to urge so that Paniai case on December 2014 be resolved immediately. Therefore, he thanked all parties are pushing for the completion of the case.
“I really appreciate for the Brothers and Fr OFM, journalists, human rights defenders, students, NGOs, churches and traditional institutions, as well as all parties involved to enforce the law and human rights in this country, ” he said.

Jubi journalist, Abeth You explained first he himself saw students of the School of Philosophy and Theology (STFT) Fajar Timur Abepura were beaten and


drawn by the police, then he spontaneously took the camera to capture the moment. Yet suddenly one of the members the police came over and took the camera from his hands.
“I had said that I am a journalist, but it was ignored by the police. He immediately deleted all photos that I took, “he told Jubi.

He continued, he also has issued a press card as an identity that he is a journalist but it was still ignored.
“I was also strangled and threatened with a weapon and told to climb into the truck. When my camera was taken, I questioned to deputy chairman of jayapura police city (Wakapolres), why my camera was taken camera but he ignored it, “said Abeth You.

“After all the photos deleted, Wakapolres then came to me and apologized for the treatment of his members. I do not accept his apology because I want to know why all my attributes that I have as a journalist were taken he stated. (Arnold Belau/Tina)

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