Jayapura, Jubi – A member of Papua Legislative Council of Commission I on Political, Legal and Human Rights, Laurenzus Kadepa, said police should not always see demonstrations in a negative way.
“When police view the demonstration negatively, surely there will be suspicion. Democracy in Papua is dead. If the police always see it from negative side, it will definitely happen a clash. If it’s like that, there will always be a question what is in Papua, and can be justified that there is no democratic space in Papua, “Kadepa said to Jubi on Monday (07/09/2015).
He said how can we call this country is a democratic country when there is no freedom to express opinion in public. It is their right to express any opinion in the public and should be respected.
“They’re also Indonesia citizens. They should be given a room. If there is no space for democracy again, the effect will be more danger as well as confirm that there is no democracy in Papua. “he said.
West Papua National Committee (KNPB) and several student organizations in the city of Jayapura, held a peaceful demonstration in front of the gate of the University of Cendrawasih a few days ago in Waena, Jayapura city. The demonstration was escorted by heavily armed police from Jayapura city police.
Based on information, the protestors would be heading to Papua Legislative Council in Jayapura but it was failed because of not getting permission from police.
Demo coordinator, Warpo said police who were guarding the mass action did not preclude the demonstration, but it helped the process of the struggle of the Papua independence movement. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)