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Papuans get support against police
Rights groups express 'regret at violent acts' during arrest operationActivists and families of victims tell their story
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- June 10, 2011
â€śKontraS and LBH Jakarta have expressed regret about the violent acts that happened during an arrest operation against Papuans living in Jakarta, which was allegedly carried out by the Special Detachment 88 [a counter-terrorism squad and part of the Indonesian National Police], Kemayoran Subdistrictâ€™s police, and central Jakarta districtâ€™s police in the early morning of May 28 in Wisma Cendrawasih, a home for Papuans living in Jakarta,â€ť Tommy Albert Tobing from LBH Jakarta said in a statement issued by the rights groups at a press conference yesterday in central Jakarta.
He said the arrest operation was led by Muhammad Firman Norsa, who heads the districtâ€™s criminal investigation department.
â€śWe urge the chief of Jakarta Metropolitan police department to carry out a proper investigation against those committing violent acts in the cruel arrests and ransacking,â€ť he said.
He also hoped the police â€ścan act professionally by carrying out an investigation into the perpetrators.â€ť
Roberth Roland, a victim, recalled that his room door was knocked on and kicked by police members. â€śI was beaten and threatened with a gun,â€ť he said, acknowledging that he had not done any criminal acts.
The arrest operation was carried out following the destruction of an Internet cafĂ© by about 30 Papuans staying in the home on May 25, after a colleague was found wounded and unconscious because of torture allegedly carried out by the cafĂ© owner.
Twelve Papuans were arrested during the operation. Seven have been released, while the other five are still detained.
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