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Indonesian Elements ‘Smoothing Over’Special Autonomy

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Indonesian Elements ‘Smoothing Over’ the Implementation of the Special Autonomy Plus Package

Indonesian forces have again shown their real motives arbitrarily arresting and detaining 16 persons at a peaceful demonstration in Jayapura on 6 November 2013 held at the Offices of the Papuan Peoples Council (MRP) to urge for the rejection of Special Autonomy Plus (OTSUS PLUS) in Papua. The arrests were the result of efforts by those positions of authority in the Indonesian Executive, Legislative and Judiciary working together with the Papuan Provincial Police as the implementer. With the planned intention of ‘smoothing over’ the implementation of the OTSUS PLUS Regulations. The Papuan Peoples Council (the MRP) which previously facilitated representatives of Papua involvement in an Evaluation of Special Autonomy in Papua - which had made the final conclusion that the application of the Papuan Special Autonomy Regulations had totally failed to deliver results and which put forward dialogue between Jakarta and Papua - was merely used as a political apparatus to supposedly legitimise OTSUS PLUS in Papua.

The MRP has worked together with the central government through its Executive and Legislative arms in Papua to deceive the indigenous Papuan population through the Evaluation of the Special Autonomy Legislations Implementation in Papua. Resulting in the continuation of the oppression in Papua by Indonesia through the OTSUS PLUS legislation. The Papuan Provincial Government, the MRP, the Papuan Regional Representative Assembly (DPRP), the Territorial Military Commander (Pangdam TNI), the Head of Papuan Provincial Police (KAPOLDA), the Assistance Team in Cenderawasih University, other parties involved and the Central Indonesian Government must accept responsibility for all the consequences that will inevitably follow from the application of OTSUS PLUS legislation in Papua.

In order to stop Papuans from expressing their opinions in public, the Papuan Provincial Police have over the years of Papuan’s annexation into Papua developed a system of working together with:

1. The Indonesian Military (TNI), Indonesian National Intelijence (BIN), the State Intelligence Coordinating Agency (BAKIN), the Armed Forces Strategic Intelligence Agency (BAIS), Kesatuan Bangsa Sosial dan Politik Indonesia di Papua (Kesbang Sospol).

2. The Pro-Jakarta militia group ‘Barisan Merah Putih’(Red and White Front) operating in Papua and other groups supporting the Republic of Indonesia such as the ‘LMA’ (the official state customary organization with close ties to the Indonesian)

3. Higher levels of educational institutions whether state or private (such as the Cenderawasih University in Uncen, Jayapura that has in the past reported to the police regarding students arrested and detained).

4. Elements of those in authority in the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary arms of the Indonesian government as well as elements in the public attorney, to bring about the arrest and detention of Papuan activists, ensnaring them by using articles of criminal codes for their political aspirations.

5. Certain well known figures in the churches such as Rev Mauri who is articulate in arguing against the Papuan movement of the Struggle for liberation and who totally supports the continuation of Papua as part of the Republic of Indonesia.

However despite the extent of the oppression and brutality that results from the above, the indigenous people of Papua will continue to struggle in ways that are dignified and with integrity.

ENDS

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