Jayapura, Jubi/Antara – Mimika Police and Mobile Brigade officers finally could break up the Freeport’s workers’ blockage at mile 72 area demanding incentive from company on Saturday morning (21/3/2015).
Earlier, Papua Police Chief Inspector General Yotje Mende and Papua Legislative Council’s Commission III members met with protesters on Friday during their visit to Tembagapura.
“The police keep give them a sight that finally on Saturday morning (21/3) they ended the protest,” Mimika Police Chief Yusnanto told Antara.
He said even now not all workers return to work, but mile 72 roads could be passed as usual.
“No more tents or heavy equipment block the only road access to the mine site and plant,” Yusnanto said by phone.
A demonstration has been occurred since Monday (16/3) demanding incentive from the company by referring what their colleagues have done. When they did a four months’ strike, they’re still got pay while now they (recent protesters) who are still working didn’t get the incentive.
However, the Mimika Police Chief was not sure whether Freeport fulfilled their demand. “I don’t know whether the company fulfilled their demand or not because they’re still on negotiation,” Yusnanto said. (*/rom)