Security Forces Deployment to Papua is only for Investor’s Sake



Jayapura, Jubi – Papua legislator Laurenzus Kadepa said the security forces deployment in Papua from other Indonesian regions such as Gorontalo to Papua was only intended to serve investors.  

Further he predicted it would make the situation in Papua even more complicated than before.

“The Central Government’s policy is only accommodating investors who come to Papua without considering its impact on the people. Though it was said it is part of a tour of duty, I assume the goal is to secure investors’ important assets in Papua,” Kadepa told Jubi by phone on last week.

According to him, the Central Government was so easily to give permit to investors. Besides protecting the interest of investors, the security forces deployment would also restrict the space of pro-democracy groups, activists, students and other communities in Papua.


“It is actually not a solution. The security approach would make the situation in Papua even more complicated and become the international highlight. Papuan people would be more aware the way how the State treat them,” he said.

As many as hundred of Mobile Brigade personnel from Gorontalo Police deployed to Papua. Before their departure, Gorontalo Police Chief Brigadier General Hengkie Kaluara warned his personnel to not become arrogant on duty.

“Improve the maturity and alertness. Don’t be arrogant, hurt or harm the people and always behave, maintain your act and attitude,” said the chief.

The deployment of Mobile Brigade personnel to Papua is aimed to secure the vital assets of PT. Freeport Indonesia. The troops consist of the Pioneer team and Bomb squad of Gorontalo Mobile Brigade. They are scheduled to work in Papua under the Operation Command of Papua Police for four months with an option of extended period. (Abeth You/rom)

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