107 People Arrested at KNPB Anniversary

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Jayapura Police arrested 107 people who attended a discussion during the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Anniversary at the Pegunungan Bintang Student Dormitory in the Waena area, Jayapura city, Monday, November 19. 

    “107 people are arrested,” said Jayapura Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Gustav Urbinas on Monday, November 19. The police also seized 16 motorbikes. 

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    According to Gustav, the police received a tip-off that the anniversary was attended by residents outside of the dormitory. He added the police in tandem with the Armed Forces (TNI) would continue to tackle any effort of treason in the jurisdiction of the Jayapura Police.  

    KNPB general secretary Vero Hubi confirmed the disbandment. “The KNPB anniversary is disbanded. We are in a prisoner car,” Vero wrote in a short message. 

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    Former KNPB general secretary Ones Suhuniap said prior to the disbandment, KNPB activists reported that the police came to the KNPB secretariat in the Vietnam camp, Waena, and damaged the door.

    “They entered and raided the KNPB secretariat without showing a warrant, they entered while being fully-armed,” said Ones.