Jakarta – A protest action by Papuan students which took place in the South Sulawesi provincial capital of Makassar, which was opposing the creation of new autonomous regions in Papua, ended in a clash with a social organisation (ormas). A number of people were injured and rushed to the nearest hospital.
Action coordinator Boci explained that the incident began when the protesters were planning to hold a rally in front of the Mandala Monument. When they began marching towards the rally point, they were blocked by the ormas.
"Since early morning there were plain clothed police with the ormas. Then when we moved off to the rally site we were blocked by the ormas BMI [the Indonesian Muslim Brigade], then we were assulted, pelted with stones, hit using wood, kicked, until three people were bleeding and I was hit and my fingers injured", said Boci in a statement received by CNN Indonesia on Wednesday June 8.
The protesters then stood their ground in front of the Papuan student dormitory, said Boci, after which the police conducted negotiations and the BMI members retreated and moved away from the dormitory.
"Although we were provoked our action still continued. After that the police arrived but we continued to hold our ground in front of the dormitory and read out our action demands near dormitory", he explained.
As a result of the attack by the BMI, Boci said that five students suffered injuries and were bleeding. "Yes, five students suffered injuries and are currently still receiving medical treatment", he said.
Earlier, an ormas in Makassar was involved in a class with several Papuan students in front of the Papuan student dormitory on Jalan Lanto Daeng Pasewang.
The class occurred when the Papuan students were protesting against the creation of new autonomous regions (DOB) in Papua in front of the dormitory.
The ormas then tried to break up the student protest. The Papuan students refused to accept this and pelted several of the ormas members with stones.
Makassar metropolitan district police operational division head Assistant Superintendent Darminto said that those who were injured were receiving medical treatment at the Labuang Baji Hospital. (mir/DAL)
[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was "Kronologi Aksi Mahasiswa Tolak DOB Papua Berujung Bentrok di Makassar".]