Lawmakers Plan Papua Visit Amid Escalating Violence

Lawmakers plan to visit Indonesia’s restive Papua province, following reports of escalating violence that have included the shootings of civilians and security officers over the past week.

Members of the House of Representatives’ Commission I, overseeing defense and foreign affairs, are slated to make the visit next week, with commission head Mahfudz Siddiq to lead the team, his deputy Tubagus Hasanuddin said in Jakarta on Thursday (07/06).

“The recent development of the situation shows escalating tension, marked with shootings of civilians and security officers, with none of the perpetrators having been found,” Tubagus said.

House Deputy Speaker Priyo Budi Santoso said House leaders had approved of the plan, adding that the delegation’s visit was expected to push law enforcers to find the perpetrators.

“Next week we will send them [Commission I members] to monitor what’s actually happening,” Priyo said.

“Arrest the troublemakers and make them learn their lesson. Law must be upheld,” he added.

Violence is not new to restive Papua, but in the past couple of weeks, shootings have taken place with increasing frequency.

On Thursday alone, there were reportedly three people shot, two of whom died, including a police officer.

On Tuesday, a member of Free Papua Organization (OPM) shot and injured two civilians and a TNI soldier in separate attacks in Jayapura, the provincial capital. Monday, a 16-year-old student was shot and wounded, also in Jayapura.

No one has been arrested for the attacks, which came a week after a German tourist was shot and wounded in a drive-by shooting in Jayapura on May 29.

Source: The Jakarta Globe


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