8 May 2014

Violence in Papua leaves 1 dead, 3 others injured

10:56 am on 8 May 2014

Indonesian BRIMOB para-military police are reported to have shot 3 Papuan men in Moanemani in Papua province.

The Institute for Papuan Advocacy and Human Rights, which says the 3 are now in a critical condition, reports that the shooting occurred after local people tried to negotiate an outcome from an incident where a truck driver ran over and killed two Papuan youths.

After the shooting a non-Papua resident has been killed, apparently to avenge the Police action.

The Institute's Paula Makabory says the series of incidents in Moanemani highlights how military-style policing perpetuates an endless cycle of violence in the 50 year Indonesian occupation of West Papua.

Ms Makabory says the Police escalated the incident by ignoring local custom and quickly resorting to shooting local people rather than pursuing negotiation.