President calls for justice over police killing of Freeport protester

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono demanded that punishments be handed down to police and other law enforcers who fired shots that killed one protester and injured several others in a PT Freeport Indonesia demonstration in Papua on Tuesday (11/10), the presidential spokesman says.

“The President has told police and other authorities that any [officers] breaching procedures must be punished,” Julian Aldrin Pasha said Wednesday (12/10).

Earlier, Amnesty International urged the government to investigate the shooting and use of live ammunition which it said was completely unnecessary and unacceptable.

During the protest, police fired at demonstrators, killing Petrus Ayamseba, a 36-year-old employee of PT Pangansari, a firm that provides food for Freeport workers.

“The police are investigating why there were victims there. We are waiting for the results of the investigation,” Julian said.

Source: The Jakarta Post

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