Police Put Forth Dialogue Ahead of OPM Anniversary

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  • Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw (left) and the Commander of the Cendrawasih Regional Military Command/XVII Maj. Gen. Herman Asaribab (second left) shake hands with the police's mobile brigade (Brimob) personnel on the sidelines of a joint inspection ceremony in Wamena, Jayawijaya regency, Papua, October 14, 2019. ANTARA/M Risyal Hidayat

    Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw (left) and the Commander of the Cendrawasih Regional Military Command/XVII Maj. Gen. Herman Asaribab (second left) shake hands with the police's mobile brigade (Brimob) personnel on the sidelines of a joint inspection ceremony in Wamena, Jayawijaya regency, Papua, October 14, 2019. ANTARA/M Risyal Hidayat

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The National Police (Polri) announced they would put forth dialogue with Papua's religious and public figures ahead of the Free Papua Movement (OPM) anniversary on December 1. 

    “There will be no special security measure,” said National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Mohammad Iqbal at the Polri criminal investigation agency’s headquarters on Monday.

    Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw also assured he would continue prioritizing preemptive measures. 

    “We will still ready the troops, but prioritize anticipative measures by building communication with everyone,” said Paulus on Monday, November 11. 

    The two most looked-out Papuan groups, said Paulus, were separatist groups and armed criminal groups. He maintained that the two groups would be handled differently. As for political separatist groups, Paulus said that he would resort to dialogue besides preventing the spread of fake information or hoaxes.

    In terms of potential OPM threats, Paulus assured that security personnel would be placed in mapped-out and strategic locations.

    ANDITA RAHMA