Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Papua Dorm Incident; Jokowi Wants Punishment for Racist Soldier

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  • Papua protesters convoy during demonstrations in Mimika, Papua, Wednesday, August 21, 2019. In Timika, a city in the neighbouring province of Papua, where the giant Grasberg copper and gold mine operated by the Indonesian unit of Freeport McMoran is located, thousands of protesters threw rocks at a parliament building, houses, shops and a hotel. ANTARA FOTO/Sevianto Pakiding

    Papua protesters convoy during demonstrations in Mimika, Papua, Wednesday, August 21, 2019. In Timika, a city in the neighbouring province of Papua, where the giant Grasberg copper and gold mine operated by the Indonesian unit of Freeport McMoran is located, thousands of protesters threw rocks at a parliament building, houses, shops and a hotel. ANTARA FOTO/Sevianto Pakiding

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaPresident Joko Widodo or Jokowi has ordered Armed Forces (TNI) Commander Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto to take stern action against any of his soldiers proven to have made racist remarks against Papuan college students in Surabaya, East Java.

    “The president told the Commander yesterday, that if there was any soldier who actually made those [racist] remarks, punish [him], no excuse,” Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said at the Bina Graha Building in Jakarta, Thursday, August 22, 2019.

    Moeldoko said that on Wednesday night the president, upon arriving in Jakarta from East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), sent for and met with the TNI Commander, National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian and Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto to seek solutions to the incident.

    “Because this should not have happened. No one should have done it, even if this was committed by just one undisciplined person, and clearly a person who did not understand the situation that is so dynamic.”

    Earlier, a video footage that went viral showed the siege of a Papuan students’ dormitory in Surabaya, East Java, during which a person--allegedly a soldier--shouted racist remarks at the Papuan students.

     

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