Bandung – Papuan students from the group Solidarity for Papua (SUP) held a protest action at the governor’s office in the West Java provincial capital of Bandung on Wednesday December 10.
During the action they called on the administration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla (Jokowi-JK) to fully investigate the shooting of seven civilians in Paniai regency, Papua.
According to SUP coordinator Natalius Pigai, the fatal shooting of the seven civilians occurred on December 8. Pigai demanded that the Papua chief of police and the commander of the Cenderawasih military command be held accountable for the incident.
“Stop the killing of civilians in Papua. The Jokowi-JK administration is responsible for this incident. Stop the exploitation of natural resources in Papua”, said Pigai during a break in the action.
Aside from giving speeches, the Papuan students, who are pursuing an education in Bandung, also brandished posters and unfurled banners with photographs of the victims of the shooting in Paniai. (san)
[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the report was Solidaritas Untuk Papua: Stop Pembunuhan Warga Sipil di Papua.]