Thursday, 14 November 2019

Papua Unrest; Police Name 30 Suspects

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  • Riot police officers fire tear gas during a protest in Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia, August 29, 2019. The region has been racked by civil unrest for two weeks over perceived racial and ethnic discrimination. Some protesters are also demanding an independence vote - a move ruled out by te security minister on Thursday. Antara Foto/Indrayadi TH

    Riot police officers fire tear gas during a protest in Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia, August 29, 2019. The region has been racked by civil unrest for two weeks over perceived racial and ethnic discrimination. Some protesters are also demanding an independence vote - a move ruled out by te security minister on Thursday. Antara Foto/Indrayadi TH

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaPapua regional police have named 30 people as suspects of the rallies that turned into riots in Jayapura City and Deiyai Regency.

    "Based on the intensive and comprehensive investigation, the investigators found 30 suspects in the incident," said Police Chief of Public Information Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo when contacted on August 31.

    The suspects are allegedly the rioters in the Deiyai and Jayapura incident. They are suspected to have harmed public facilities and took provocative measures.

    The police are still searching for the individuals involved in the death of a military (TNI) member and two civilians in the riot in Deiyai Regency.

    Dedi explained the suspect naming was based on the instruction of President Joko Widodo or Jokowi to not tolerate the rioters.

    "Because they carried out acts of rioting, arson, persecution, robbery that disturbed the community."

    ANDITA RAHMA