TNI Commander Admit Soldiers’ Overreaction in Papua

TNI Commander Admiral Agus Suhartono

TNI commander Admiral Agus Suhartono admitted on Tuesday (12/06) that security officers had overreacted with their handling of the security situation in Papua, where violence has escalated for the past couple of weeks.

Admiral Suhartono referred to the alleged attack of a village in Wamena, Papua by a group of TNI soldiers. It was reportedly in retaliation for the killing of a fellow soldier by an angry mob after he and another soldier, critically wounded, almost hit a child while riding a motorcycle through the village.

“We should take lessons from this situation. They [TNI soldiers] shouldn’t have overreacted. But we must also understand the emotional states of the soldiers,” Admiral Suhartono told reporters after the Cabinet meeting at the presidential office.

“We don’t want other overreactions by the TNI there because we don’t want any human rights abuses,” he added.

TNI burned Papuan’s houses down in Wamena

Admiral Suhartono said the TNI had made an agreement with residents of Honai Lama village to build tents as temporary shelters for some villagers who lost their houses which were burned down by TNI soldiers.

“We’ve also agreed to question TNI members that overreacted, and agreed that police should at the same time investigate murders of TNI soldiers. Investigations must be run both ways,” he said.

A number of shooting incidents have occurred in several locations in Papua in the past few months. But, no one has been arrested for the attacks.

State Intelligence Agency (BIN) chief Marciano Norman has accused the Free Papua Organization (OPM) was behind the shootings.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered a thorough investigation into the incidents and would dispatch the coordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs, Djoko Suyanto to Papua to monitor the situation.(*wpnn)

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