12 Oct 2011

Family of dead Papua mine worker call for explanation

4:09 pm on 12 October 2011

A Papuan human rights activist says the family of a Freeport mine worker killed by police in the Indonesian province is waiting with the body outside the provincial House of Representatives until they receive an explanation for his death.

Paula Makabory of the Institute of Papuan Advocacy and Human Rights says a union spokesperson has confirmed that police gunfire killed Petrus Ayamiseba and critically injured seven other men on Monday.

She says the man's family and striking workers took his body from the hospital to the provincial House of Representatives.

"And they stayed there till now we are talking. They demand the responsibility of the police and the company to explain about this shooting and to explain about why they used deathly force against the strikers."

Paula Makabory says the head of the Indonesian police of Mimika precinct used a meeting last night with legislative members and union officials to launch a death threat against the head of the union.