Tensions rise in Papua-KNPB activist killedJayapura Onews
,-- compiled from reports of Tabloid Jubi, Victor Mambor and West Papua Media stringers in Wamena
December 17, 2012
A West Papua National Committee (KNPB)
activist has been killed, and a farmer has died from his wounds in
hospital, after being shot by members of the Australian-trained
anti-terror unit Detachment 88 outside Wamena on December 16, following
raids that arrested at least six activists on Sunday morning, according
to multiple sources.
KNPB activist Hubertus Mabel (aged 30) died shortly after being taken by
police to Wamena hospital after the shooting at 1030am in the village
in Milima (or Kugima) in Kurulu district outside Wamena. Local farmer
Natalis Alua (34) died in coma in hospital after being shot in the same
incident, according to latest reports from human rights sources in
According to journalist Victor Mambor, at this time Hubert was still
alive and this was confirmed both by the police and Victor Yeimo
(National KNPB Chairman). "Police told me that Hubert was shot in the
leg at 09.30 (morning). Hubert was taken to hospital by police and then
died at the hospital because of loss of blood.... At 6 (afternoon),
Hubert claimed by police died in hospital."
"Some peoples in the Kugima Village, the place where Hubert was shot,
told us police entered the village in full force. They brought two
people who had been arrested before (Meky Kogoya and Wene Gombo) to the
village to tell them where Hubert lived."
At 9am, the same joint police/army and Densus 88 squad conducted a armed
raid in the village of Kosi Hubi Holima, in Wamena. KNPB Wamena
Chairman Simion Daby was arrested with human rights activist Baroy
Sambon, Meki Jikwa (Kogoya), John Huby, Pie Huby, Herae Huby, and Ima
Mebel, allegedly at the house of Meky Kogoya, who was accused by police
of being responsible for a bombing incident in Wamena. They were all
taken forcefully by police to Jayawijaya police headquarters.
It is believed that human rights worker Sambon was arrested as he was
trying to alert international media to the situation, but this has not
The KNPB have repeatedly denied involvement in planning or carrying out
acts of violence or bombings in Papua, a view supported by the Churches,
human rights organisations and legal networks in Papua. Police have
yet to provide any credible evidence that shows their involvement,
despite millions of dollars being provided to Densus 88 by Australia for
forensic evidence analysis.
Alleged TPN retaliation questioned
There have been reports of an alleged West Papuan National Liberation
Army (Tentara Pembebasan Nasional or TPN) retaliation against police
over the shooting of Hubertus Mabel, but human rights workers have cast
doubt on the involvement of TPN forces, instead accusing Indonesian
security forces of acting up to continue to create a false scenario for
According to a report in Tabloid Jubi, the sound of gunfire could still be heard up to 11pm on 16 December in Wamena.
'On 10.25pm, there was an exchange of fire between the TPN-OPM (the
military wing of the OPM) and the TNI/Polri , Indonesian army and
police, somewhere between Misi Market and Sinakma, Yusodarso Road. The
situation in Wamena was said to be tense and there were calls for help,'
according to a local report as quoted by Jubi.A local resident, Yason,
confirmed reports of the sound of gunfire which was still continuing. It
is alleged that this was in response to the shooting of Hubertus Mabel.
Another local resident named Vita told JUBI that the local police
station had been burned down in response to the shooting of Hubertus
Mabel. According to Vita, 'Mabel and member of the KNPB was shot by the
security forces as he was suspected of a bombing the Wamena, which led
to the police station being burned down.'The local police chief later
confirmed to JUBI that there had been an exchange of fire, but West
Papua Media was unable to find any witnesses or evidence that any armed
TPN unit was in the area.
However long time human rights worker Markus Haluk told West Papua Media
that local investigators had been visiting witnesses and have compiled
a chronology that sits at odds with this account. According to Haluk,
at around 8pm local time, a number of drunk people set fire to one
market stall at Pasar Misi/Bungsu. Haluk also reported that at 11pm
local time, police arrived on the scene with the Deputy Chief of
Jayawijaya Police and opened fire with a barrage of shots, all from one
side, with no clear target apart from civilians who had gathered.
Police then moved to the Dewan Adat Papua offices less than a kilometre
from the scene, and set fire to them in retaliation, despite the burning
market stalls having no connection to either the DAP leader or council
Markus Haluk said that the "Alleged drunks burning kiosks in the market
(is) scripted by the security forces to divert attention from the
arrests and shootings of civilians and KNPB activists, and is a
conscious Scenario consciously to burn the office and create
psychological pressure against the leaders and members of the Papuan
Customary Council Lani Pago Baliem Region."
Local human rights workers believe this latest round of security force
misbehaviour is due to the payment to the new Papua Police Chief Tito
Karnavian (former Densus 88 commander) of Ten Billion Rupiah (approx
US$1 million) from the Papuan Governors office, for the provision of
"Phase 2" security for the Papuan Gubernatorial Election campaign,
which was also earmarked to maintain a peaceful environment in the
lead-up to Christmas.
"Many parties are upset with these incidents," said Haluk. "For
catching, shooting in Wamena occurred on Sunday, when people were
seeking to church to worship. While the arson of the DAP offices were do
middle of the night, when the community was quiet for the night, " he
"On receipt of the funds, the Papua Police Chief conveyed the importance
of maintaining the security and peace of Christmas and the election of
Governor. Instead, he led police officers making arrests, shootings and
arson of Balim Traditional Council offices," an exasperated Haluk told
West Papua Media.
These arrests come amidst a major series of operations by Indonesian
security forces across Papua on the anniversary of the Densus 88
assassination of legendary TPN guerrilla leader Kelly Kwalik on December
16, 2009. Heavily armed Densus 88 personnel, including an unidentified
Australian man, were seen to be guarding Kelly Kwalik's tomb to prevent
a memorial service from being held to commemorate the anniversary of
Kwalik's extrajudicial execution.
Also, in news from the Paniai, Brimob paramilitary police have
reportedly shot and captured Yakobus Utii in Enarotoli on Sunday,
alleging that he was a senior figure in Jhon Yogi's TPN command.Source: [westpapuamedia.info]