19 Aug 2011

Call for calm after Papua shooting

10:40 am on 19 August 2011

A Papuan human rights activist says NGOs in the Paniai area are calling for an end to violence after a shooting on Indonesian Independence day.

The Jakarta Post reports a group of armed men launched attacks in the Papua regency of Paniai on Wednesday, though there have been no reports of casualties.

Paula Makabori says the guerillas may have been trying to disrupt a flag raising ceremony, and locals don't want the violence to escalate.

"If this incident [is responded to] with violence, then the locals there, the West-Papuans and non-Papuans there will become the target. I think the human rights groups and other NGOs there and the local churches have already taken good initiative to call for the guerilla groups and also the Indonesian military to try to find the peaceful resolution of this incident."