Police claim armed, pro-independence groups threat to Papua national games

Tribune News – September 5, 2021
20th National Sports venue in Papua – Undated (Antara)

Igman Ibrahim, Jakarta – The Indonesian police have mapped out the main potential threats against the 20th National Games (PON XX) which will be held in Papua next October.

Papua regional police spokesperson Senior Commissioner Ahmad Musthofa Kamal says that armed criminal groups (KKB) and protest actions by the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) represent two of the main threats.

Kamal said that police are anticipating this by holding municipal security system (Sispamkota) simulations which will continue to be held in the lead up to the event.

"The principle threat that exists in Papua province is disruption by KKB and KKP [Criminal Political Groups], what also needs to be anticipated is demonstrations taken advantage of by the KNPB to thwart [the games] or create riots during the PON XX Papua", Kamal told journalists on Sunday September 5.

Kamal explained that security will be handled by the Papua Regional Police General Crimes Detectives Directorate (Ditreskrimum) which are preparing security scenarios and a worst case scenario.

Furthermore, Kamal said that police have also prepared a scenario to regulate traffic and a security scenario for when the athlete's contingent arrives in Papua.

This is in order to prevent traffic congestion, traffic accidents and public protest actions attempting to oppose the 20th National Games in Papua.

"The [other] issue being discussed is by what means will the security teams carry out security against people who violate health protocols", he said accusingly.

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was "Polisi Antisipasi Gangguan KKB Hingga Aksi Penolakan PON XX di Papua".]

Source: https://www.tribunnews.com/nasional/2021/09/05/polisi-antisipasi-gangguan-kkb-hingga-aksi-penolakan-pon-xx-di-papua