TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The government has named two suspects and suspended five military personnel for the racist speech against Papuan students in Surabaya and Malang, East Java, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto stated. "We have named two suspects Tri Susanti and Saiful. Both were charged with multiple cases," Wiranto said Monday.
The two suspects were charged under Article 45A and Article 28 Law no. 19/2016 for electronic information and transaction.
The authorities have also suspended five personnel of the East Java Military Command for allegedly violating military discipline.
Meanwhile, in some regions of Papua, the police has named suspects in the unrest in the easternmost provinces that consist of 28 suspects in Jayapura, 10 suspects in Manokwari, seven suspects in Sorong, and one suspect in Fakfak.
Demonstrations were held in several parts of Papua and West Papua in the past week against alleged racist slurs targeting Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java, on August 16.
Thousands of people took to the streets in the West Papua provincial capital of Manokwari and the Papua provincial capital of Jayapura in protest. The rallies took a violent turn, with some demonstrators damaging and setting ablaze several government buildings.