TNI enable riot survivors' smooth return to Wamena

NAWACITA- Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto made a solemn promise to facilitate survivors of the recent Wamena rioting seeking refuge in Jayapura and several other Papua’s cities keen on returning to Wamena.

TNI commander had readied the Indonesian Air Force Hercules C-130 cargo aircraft for the transportation of people looking to return to Wamena, Jayawijaya District’s capital city.

On Wednesday morning, Tjahjanto, along with National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian and several cabinet members, including Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto, had paid a visit to a temporary shelter in Sentani.

Health Minister Nila F. Moeloek and Social Affairs Minister Agus Gumiwang were among the ministers joining Wiranto’s entourage to meet the 152 Wamena riot survivors currently taking refuge at the Silas Papare Air Base Command Post in Sentani, Jayapura.

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Normalcy has gradually been restored in Wamena, but the refugees have appealed to the TNI and police personnel to continue to maintain security in the city that had borne witness to a deadly riot on Sept 23.

The Wamena rioting has caused misery to scores of Indonesians. The incident not only resulted in the killing of 33 innocent civilians but it also left several thousand survivors with no option but to take refuge by abandoning their burned and destroyed properties.

Several survivors, initially from provinces, including West Sumatra, South Sulawesi, East Java, and Banten, have also returned to their hometowns.

The rioting was fueled by the spread of hoaxes through social media platforms that infuriated its residents, Papua Police Chief Inspector General Rudolf A. Rodja stated.
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