Papuans Demand Accountability from Mimika Regent

The war of arrows between villagers of Kwamki Lama, Timika, Papua, still continues and has so far heavily injured at least 39 people.

Earlier on Wednesday arrows struck 51 people.The protracted conflict drove a group of citizens to gather in front of the Timika Regional Council of Representatives (DPRD). They all demanded Klemen Tinal, who is regent of Mimika, to step down.

On Thursday, July 12, 2012 morning, the conflict started at 6:30 Papua time, on Jalan Kanguru and in front of the office of the Preparation for the Kwamki Naraman (Lama) District. A total of 50 men armed with arrows from Kampung Harapan shot arrows into a crowd of Kampung Amole residents, on the grounds of Kingmi Jerusalem Church, Kampung Amole. The ensuing war of arrows was inevitable.

Since the conflict started, six people have been killed, hundreds of people have been injured and are being treated at two different hospitals. In Timika City, dozens of Amungme residents staged a rally in front of the DPRD building in Mimika.

The residents, led Kadun Jaya Village Chief, Daniel Tabuni, accused Mimika Regent Klemen Tinal, of being responsible for the conflict between the residents of Kwamki Lama. They were received by Council members Allo Rafra, Yanes Natkime, Felas Gwijangge, and Karel Gwijangge.

“Regent Klemen Tinal himself must go down to Kwamki Lama, do not delegate it, because it is his people who are fighting. The regent should be ashamed. ‘Arrow breaking’ has repeatedly been performed, but the conflict continues,” said Daniel. He demanded Klemen Tinal be removed from his position due to his inability to resolve the conflicts.

According to Daniel, under Klemen Tinal’s leadership of Mimika, community conflicts constantly occur in Kwamki Lama. Before the Council, Daniel aggressively declares that he will gather all village heads and set up tents on the DPRD grounds. “We will gather here,we will wait for the Regent. Why are other people coming to cause endless trouble?” asked Daniel, demanding the Council to look into the mastermind behind the conflicts.

Source: Tempointeractive

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