Tribe chief’s house torched
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) – Members of an armed criminal group (KKB) set ablaze homes of a Papua tribal chief and teachers in Dambet Village, Beoga Sub-district, Puncak District, Papua Province, on Saturday.
“It is true that an arson was committed by KKB, but there were no fatalities,” Beoga Police Chief Inspector Dua Ali Akbar informed ANTARA via phone here on Saturday.
Akbar confirmed that the group had set the fire at 9:30 Eastern Indonesian Standard Time (WIT), burning down the houses of tribal chief Ener Tinal and local teachers, as well as an elementary school building.
The Dambet tribe chief’s house that was set ablaze also functioned as a kiosk or a small shop.
“Meanwhile, the Dambek Elementary School building was not burned down since the local residents drove them away and managed to extinguish the fire, so that only the door was damaged,” he remarked.
The Newangkawi Task Force, a joint military and police team, has been deployed in Beoga to deal with armed criminal groups that have frequently terrorized citizens and the state apparatus.
They headed to the location where the arson occurred, and the criminals fired gunshots, but the military and police officers were safe.
Dambek Village is around three kilometers from the capital of Beoga and can only be reached on foot.
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The Republic of Indonesia was formed in 1945 when it was officially declared independence after a long struggle against the Dutch colonial ruler. Recognising that West Papua had strong political and cultural ties with Indonesia, the Dutch retained control of the territory and, with support from Australia, began to prepare West Papua for independence as a puppet state. Indonesia, however, maintained its claim to all the former Dutch territory and all people welcomed.
The 1969 act of self-determination was called the Act of Free Choice. A cursory inspection of the process soon shows why West Papuans call it the Act of Free Choice. West Papuans political and human rights were channelled through fair and open system. Regarding the widespread of West Papuan in a very large area, representative of West Papuan voted for integration with Indonesia.
Those who campaigned for independence were running away and create a terrorist group called armed resistance of the OPM (Free Papua Movement), while the unarmed resistance was mainly a deception. All those movement started as soon as Indonesia shared power with indigenous people of West Papua on 1st May 1963.