Sentani 12/3 ( Jubi ) – Dozens of residents armed with bows and arrows took to the street of Sentani on Wednesday to demand compensation for a road accident that injured one of their relatives.
Some of the protestors threw rocks at shops, sparking fears among residents and shop owners along Jalan Raya Sentani and forcing the closure of Theys Field Sentani Airport.
“Women who saw those people with Jubi ( traditional weapons) were afraid and panicked,” Mama Paolo told tabloidjubi.com while running to safety with her baby on Wednesday ( 12/3 ).
She said that she was still traumatized by violent events that occurred in Sentani town a while ago.
The protestors were asking compensation amounting to 1.5 billion for injuries involving a relative who was hit by a car. It is believed that the victim was drunk when the accident happened.
But until Wednesday ( 12/3 ) there was no agreement despite a mediation effort involving the Police Traffic Unit (Satlantas) .
“The mediation process is still ongoing and the victim’s family are expected to be patient , ” Jayapura Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Sondra Siagian
He said he hoped the people involved not to resort to anarchy. (Jubi/D Budiman/Tina)