Sorong, Jubi – The police arrested an activist as patrolled to stop a peaceful demonstration led by West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Sorong Raya that was supposed to be held in front of Sorong Municipal Legislative Office to support the West Papua membership in Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).
The KNPB activist, Nando Kogoya, was later released after being questioned briefly by police, who also seized a motorcycle.
Jubi observed that on Wednesday (17/6) at around 10:00 Papua time, the local police officers and military personnel monitored the situation before the inspection against KNPB activists who planned to hold rally from Kilometer 10 Cemetery Complex towards Sorong Municipal Legislative Office where located at Jalan Jupiter, Kilometer 10, Sorong City.
After some times, the protesters had no indication to move. So, the police conducted raids on some vehicles, which passed the street, and people who suspected as KNPB activists who secretly want to participate in the protest. The raid was effective. The police found and seized a leaflet from a biker’s bag that alleged as KNPB activist. He was questioned but then released.
KNPB Sorong Raya Spokesperson, Agustinus Aud admitted KNPB Sorong Raya planned to conduct a long march to Sorong Municipal Legislative Office at around 9:00 Papua time, but their planning was stopped by the police and military.
“Police officer briefly detained KNPB activist Nando Kogoya and his bike but he was released at 16:00 Papua time,” Aud said.
According to him, the purpose of KNPB action is to provide fully support to ULMWP for MSG. “Remember, West Papuan people are standing beside Indonesia for 54 years. But indigenous Papuans are still living in poverty and suffered on their own rich land,” he said by phone. (Niko MB/rom)