Jayapura, NAWACITA – Chief of the Papua Provincial Police Inspector General Rudolf Rodja has appealed to local business agents to resume their activities and assured them that the Indonesian military and police would ensure their security.
“Please resume your businesses so the economy will run again. The Indonesian military and police are ready to guarantee the security of residents and business agents,” he said in Jayapura, Friday.
Overall, the security situation in Papua is relatively peaceful although a handful of people are still not satisfied with the situation and prefer to wait around their residence, he said.
“We are still investigating (the alleged) provocateurs and the team is still working,” he said adding there were no provocateurs and demonstrators who vandalized government-owned installations, houses and business sites on their own,” he said.
“We regret the demonstration which turned into anarchy,” he said.
The National Police Headquarters dispatched some 1,250 Mobile Brigade (Brimob) personnel, along with 300 military personnel to keep Jayapura safe, he said.
The military and police have conducted joint patrols in Jayapura, he said.
On Thursday, the residents of Jayapura, the Papua provincial capital, staged another protest against the alleged racist slurs targeting Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java, on August 16, but the rally turned violent.
The brutal demonstrators went on a rampage, setting ablaze several government buildings. The demonstrators also deliberately damaged the office of the ANTARA national news agency in the city.
On Wednesday, violence had erupted in Deiyai District, some 500 kilometers away from Jayapura, Papua Province’s capital city, resulting in the deaths of an army soldier and two civilians.(ANT).