Papua students in Yogyakarta demand justice over Wagete shooting

Source – February 4, 2006
Papuan students protest in Yogyakarta (Zona Damai)
Papuan students protest in Yogyakarta (Zona Damai)

Yogyakarta – Dozens of students from West Papua demonstrated at the intersection in front of the Yogyakarta central post office on Friday February 3. The demonstration was held to express their concern over the Wagete shooting incident in the Tigi sub-district of the Paniai regency on January 20. They are demanding that the government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Vice President Jusuf Kalla take responsibility for the incident in order that the victims and their families receive justice.

The students also demanded that the perpetrators of the shooting be tried in a human rights court and be dismissed from their posts. They consider the shooting to be a gross violation of human rights. The demonstration took place while a number of road construction workers in the village of Gakokebo were also raising questions about the wage payments.

The Wagete incident resulted in the death of Moses Douw, a Wagete state senior high-school student, and the wounding of three others. The perpetrator of the shooting, Infantry Second Lieutenant Situmeang who holds the post of the platoon commander of the Infantry Battalion Special Team 753/Arga Viratama and Police Second Brigadier Ronald Isac Tumena who is a member of the Wagete sectoral police have already been dismissed from their posts. (TOZ/Tim Liputan 6 SCTV)

[Translated by James Balowski.]