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Catholics demand Papua shooting probe

Students vow never to close their eyes to injustice

Chairman of Papuan Catholic students Simon Petrus Baru Chairman of Papuan Catholic students Simon Petrus Baru
  • Karolus Kundal, Waena
  • Indonesia
  • April 18, 2011
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Catholic students have called on local police and military to investigate the shooting incident in which one Papuans died and two were injured.
Domin Auwe (25) was shot dead in front of a police station in Moanemani, capital of Dogiyai district on April 13. Two others youths, Otin Yobe (23) and Amon Pigai (23), were also shot and seriously injured.
The incident was triggered by civilians’ protest against confiscation of their money from a gambling site allegedly owned by police.
“We urge local police and military to immediately put their members (involved in the case) on trial, because they violated the existing law and human rights. Anyone who violates the human rights must be put on trial,” said Simon Petrus Baru, head of the Jayapura chapter of the Union of Catholic University Students of the Republic of Indonesia.
As fighters for truth and justice,  Catholic university students will never close their eyes to such case, he said.
“We will keep monitoring the case until the perpetrators are put on trial."
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