Thursday, 19 September 2019

6 TNI Officers Examined over Racist Remarks against Papuan

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  • Papuan students staged a protest in front of Merdeka State Palace in Jakarta, August 22, 2019. Papuan students were detained in the East Java city of Surabaya over accusations that they had disrespected the Indonesian flag in front of a dormitory during celebrations of Independence Day on Saturday, August 17, 2019, triggering mass protests across West Papua. TEMPO/Subekti

    Papuan students staged a protest in front of Merdeka State Palace in Jakarta, August 22, 2019. Papuan students were detained in the East Java city of Surabaya over accusations that they had disrespected the Indonesian flag in front of a dormitory during celebrations of Independence Day on Saturday, August 17, 2019, triggering mass protests across West Papua. TEMPO/Subekti

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaBrawijaya Military Command (Kodam) V is examining its six personnel who are suspected to have thrown racist remarks against Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java, on Saturday, August 17.

    According to the Brawijaya Military Commander May. Gen. Wisnu Prasetya Budi, they have been questioned the personnel since video footage showing the siege of the university students’ dormitory went viral on social media platforms.

    “We have reported the case to the Military Police Command (POM) for further investigation,” said Wisnu via a phone call, Friday, August 23.

    Wisnu explained the sanctions for perpetrators would be delivered through a military court. As of date, the investigation is still afoot, and the OPM has not submitted the case to the court yet.

    Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko earlier stated that President Joko Widodo or Jokowi demanded Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto take stern action against officers who are proven to commit racist acts against Papuan students.

    FIKRI ARIGI