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Police Disperse KNPB’s Activists in Sentani

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Jayapura, Jubi, Seven armed officers came to the secretariat of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in Sentani on Friday at around 15:45 Papua time asking the activists to leave, a member of the organization said.

“When we called the police office, the Sentani Municipal Police Chief said you’d better leave the secretariat now because the Mobile Brigade will come to disperse you. I got instruction from the Jayapura Police Chief Sondan R D Siagian to tell you so,” Central KNBP Spokesperson Bazoka Logo told Jubi last week.

According to him, the Sentani Municipal Police Chief came to the secretariat telling both local and central KNPB’s activists to go home.
“I and three other members of central KNPB were forced to leave the secretariat immediately. Besides us, there were also some members of KNPB Sentani. We were intimidated and asked to no longer sit in the secretariat of KNPB Sentani Region,” he said.

The Secretary General of Central KNPB, Ones Suhun via email confirmed to Jubi the Police Chief has instructed his officers to expel and disband the KNPB activists from the Sentani secretariat without any reason. The Sentani Municipal Police Chief said the Jayapura Police Chief wanted those activists to stop their activities to sit together, hold discussion and meeting. So, the Central KNPB would say they are not afraid though the Indonesian Police said it would be disbanded this organization,” Suhun said.


He further said they have no right to disband us except the West Papuan people who established and supported this organization. “The Indonesian Police made a mistake on making statement on KNPB and treating its activists from Sorong to Merauke. The West Papua National Committee (KNPB) would still focus on the ULMWP Socialization for MSG and would not be lost with the action of Indonesian Police,” Suhun said. (Arnold Belau/rom)

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