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Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo. TEMPO/Lidwina Tanuhardjo
Thursday, 12 October, 2017 | 15:34 WIB
Minister Tjahjo Regrets Attack on Home Affairs Ministry`s Office

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo regrets the attack on the Home Affairs Ministry`s office on Wednesday, October 11. The incident involved protesters who challenged the result of Tolikara regional election, causing property damage and injuries to government officials in the process.

Around 40 people from Yapen, Intan Jaya and Tolikara, Papua province, staged a protest against the Constitutional Court ruling on the election of Regent and Deputy Regent of Tolikara: Usman Wanimbo and Dinus Wanimbo.

Read: Violent Protest at Home Ministry Linked to Papua Regent Election

They also urged the Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo and the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs to cancel the decree on the inauguration of Yapen Islands Regent and Deputy Regent for the 2017-2022 term: Tony Tesar and Frans Sanadi.

Tjahjo explained that the Home Affairs Ministry is open to suggestions from the people. He has tried to open a dialogue with the protesters. “I had received them twice, I explained to them what the Constitutional Court was, what final and binding was,” he said.

The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle politician said that he had tried to listen to the protesters but he has no say in the matter. The minister said that he was shocked by the incident.

Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has left the investigation to police. He expects police to crack down on the masterminds behind the attack. Some 15 individuals have so far been arrested by Jakarta Metro Police following the incident at the Home Affairs Ministry's office.


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