Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Police Search for Persecution, Racism in Papuan Student Dormitory

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  • Papuan protesters demonstrate in Jayapura, Papua on Monday, 19 August 2019. On Monday morning, Papuan protesters set fire to a local parliament building and blocked streets in the provincial capital of West Papua, Manokwari, by burning tyres and tree branches, Deputy Governor Mohamad Lakotani said. ANTARA FOTO/Gusti Tanati

    Papuan protesters demonstrate in Jayapura, Papua on Monday, 19 August 2019. On Monday morning, Papuan protesters set fire to a local parliament building and blocked streets in the provincial capital of West Papua, Manokwari, by burning tyres and tree branches, Deputy Governor Mohamad Lakotani said. ANTARA FOTO/Gusti Tanati

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaEast Java Police set to investigate the act of persecution and racism during the raid in Papuan university students dormitory, Surabaya, East Java on August 16, 2019.

    Earlier, a video showing mass siege in the student dormitory went viral on social media platforms. It was also displayed an alleged Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel shouted racist words toward the Papuan students.

    “Yes, we will surely examine that act,” said East Java Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Frans Barung to Tempo, Tuesday, August 20.

    If the TNI personnel are proved to have spoken racist words, the police will submit the case investigation to the institution. “To the Military Regional Command,” said Barung.

    The act of persecution in Papuan students dormitory in Surabaya allegedly triggered a series of rallies that turned into a riot in Manokwari and Sorong, West Papua.

    The riot caused severe damages in several public facilities, including West Papua Legislative Council (DPRD) building, an airport, and penitentiary in Sorong City.

    ANDITA RAHMA