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PRD Member Shot Dead By Military In Lampung

Media Alert from Asiet
Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor (ASIET)


Prd Member Shot Dead By Military In Lampung

KPP-PRD - September 28, 1999

Today, a number of organisations in Lampung, South Sumatra, including
the Lampung University Student Council (DMUL), the People's Democratic
Party (PRD), KMPPL and the Lampung Peasants Council, held an action in
front of the Kedaton Military District Command (Kodim). They demanded
the withdrawal of the new Emergency Security Bill and the dual function of
the armed forces and that armed forces chief General Wiranto be tried in an
international court.

The demonstration was met with repression by the military and as a
result, a clash occurred at 11.23am with shooting continuing until
12.15pm. At least two students were killed and scores seriously wounded.

One of the two who died was Jusuf Rizal, a DMUL activists and a member
of the PRD. The other victim has not yet been identified.

At 12.23pm, the Bandar Lampung University was attacked by troops from
the Bandar Lampung Kedaton Sub-district Military Command (Koramil). A
number of students were shot.

At 2pm, troops again attacked the campus shooting indiscriminately
forcing thousand of students to flee. The number of victims is expected to
increase significantly. The troops also entered lecture theaters and
destroyed what they found inside.

At 4.30 troops and police reentered the campus, chasing and beating
people, shooting and destroying a number of buildings (Building C and F and
the university Rector's building). Ten motor vehicles were also destroyed.

As of 5pm, the number of victims had reached 40:

- Nine shot with live ammunition or rubber bullets
- One dead
- 29 suffering injuries as a result of being beaten
- 11 being treated at the Abdul Meoloek hospital, two in a critical
condition and in a coma.
- 13 are being treated at the Advent hospital
- 11 have been arrested by the Bandar Lampung police
- 5 were abducted in a Red Kijang vehicle number plate B 700 XX. Their
whereabouts are unknown.

PRELIMINARY LIST OF VICTIMS

1. Dedi Sukasma (22), UBL student, fractured scull, currently being
treated at the Abdul Meoloek pubic hospital.

2. Yusuf Rizal (23), Unila student and PRD member, shot in the neck,
deceased.
3. Ifan (22), from West Java, suffered head wounds and currently being
treated at the Abdul Meoloek public hospital.

4. Budi Wahyudi (22), UBL student, suffered head wounds and currently
being treated at the Abdoel Moeloek public hospital.

5. A. Rozak (22), Unila student, suffered head wounds and currently
being treated at the Abdul Meoloek public hospital.

6. Agung Prasetyo (20), UBL student, shot in the thigh and currently
being treated at the Abdul Meoloek public hospital.

7. Dika Rinaldi (24), UBL student, shot in the back and currently being
treated at the Abdul Meoloek public hospital.

8. Erlan (24), UBL student, suffered head wounds and currently being
treated at the Abdul Meoloek public hospital.

9. Fitriansah (25), UBL student, shot in the left shoulder and currently
being treated at the Abdul Meoloek public hospital.

10. Supardi, UBL security guard, gun shot wounds and currently being
treated at the Abdul Meoloek public hospital.

11. Zaidatul Fikri (23), Unila photographer, gun shot wounds, is in a
critical condition and currently being treated at the Abdul Meoloek
public hospital.

12. Retno Supriadi (24), Unila student, shot in the stomach, is in a
critical condition and currently being treated at the Abdul Meoloek
public hospital.

Notes:

UBL: Bandar Lampung University Unila = Lampung University

The UBL campus is located in front of Kodim Kedaton, the security forces
involved in the shootings were from Kodim and a Korem unit called the "Black
Garuda" (Garuda Hitam).

[Translated by James Balowski, ASIET Publications and Information
Officer.]

ONE DEAD IN FRESH INDONESIAN STUDENT PROTEST

Agence France Presse - September 28, 1999

Jakarta-Protests against a new state security bill in Indonesia claimed
another life Tuesday when security forces shot dead a student in clashes in
the Sumatra island city of Bandar Lampung, hospitals and reports said. At
least 27 others were injured in the protest, which followed the deaths of at
least seven people, one a student, in similar protests in Jakarta last week.

Tuesday's victim was shot dead in front of the Bandar Lampung
University, where the clash broke out after security officials attempted to
disperse hundreds of students trying to march to the local military
headquarters, said Alira of the Bandar Lampung Legal Aid Institute.

Alira could not give further details saying she had yet to get a full
report from the members of the institute's team gathering data on the
incident.

But she said the students had started to march from Lampung University
and had passed the Bandar Lampung University where they were joined by
hundreds more students, when the clash took place.

"A male student was admitted here this morning. He was already dead on
arrival," an employee of the emergency ward of the Abdul Muluk hospital in
Bandar Lampung said by telephone. He could not give further details but said
11 other students were also brought to the hospital with various injuries.

Hospitals in Bandar Lampung contacted by telephone said at least 27
people were injured and rushed to the hospitals, including one in
critical condition with a fractured skull and at least five with gunshot
wounds.

The state Antara news agency identified the dead student as Muhamad
Yusuf Rizal, 22, a student of the faculty of social and political
sciences at Lampung University.

Rizal was the second student to die in protests against the security
bill which was passed by the parliament last Thursday.

Two days of massive demonstrations against the bill in Jakarta left
seven people dead, including a police officer, and a student who was
shot by soldiers late Friday. More than 100 others were injured in
running clashes in the capital.

President B.J. Habibie, citing the bloodshed, suspended his ratification of
the bill until further notice. Antara said the Bandar Lampung clash broke
out when a thick cordon of police and soldiers barred the way for the
student march at Bandar Lampung University.

The student protestors, who had intended to march to the Lampung
military command, were also demanding the military account for the death of
the student in Jakarta.

A local journalist said the students were negotiating their passage with
officers there when a shot was fired at close range and killed Rizal.

In the ensuing panic, students began to throw stones or anything they
could find, while the security forces fired more shots and teargas. The
clash, which broke out close to noon only subsided after dusk, the
journalist said.

Antara quoted Lampung military spokesman Captain Muhammad Sufi as saying at
least for four security personnel were injured in the clash and were rushed
to the military hospital. Sufi denied there were bodies of other dead
students at the military hospital.

Alira said some students had reported three deaths, while a city
telephone operator said he had heard several telephone conversations
that spoke of five killed. But none of the other deaths could be
immediately confirmed, Alira said.

Despite calls by students and rights activists calling on the government to
scrap the state security bill, Habibie has said the delay in ratification is
only to allow time for the public to study its merits over a 1959 law it is
to replace.

Critics of the security bill say it would give a military accused of
mass human-rights violations across Indonesia, including in East Timor,
sweeping powers.

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PO Box 458, Broadway NSW 2007 Australia
Phone: 61-(0)2-96901230
Fax : 61-(0)2-96901381
Email: asiet@asiet.org.au
WWW : www.asiet.org.au
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