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More information about DAP Action on 12 August (Part 2)  Tapol
 Aug 17, 2005 05:25 PDT 

More information about DAP's action on 12 August (part 2)
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From TEMPO Interaktif, 12 August

Deputy head of the DPD (Council of Regional representatives) Laode Ida
called for the withdrawal of troops for DAP's action to hand back Special
Autonomy. 'This is a very controversial issue internationally,' he said.
'The government should enter into dialogue with the Papua people.' Also,
there should be no further delay in setting up the MRP.

Another member of the DPD, Sarwono, said, there was no need for the police
there. 'What is needed are measures to halt the theft of timber and fish,
which is going on all the time.'

TEMPO Interaktif, 12 August
Around 15,000 people from the Dewan Adat Papua occupied the office of the
provincial assembly, after a long march of about 17 kms, Besides posters
and banners, they carried a coffin on which was written the words Special

Jayapura chief of police Paulus Waterpaw said that 850 security personnel
and an army unit were being deployed to maintain order along the path of
the march. They were also used to protect vital points such as the
governor's office, the Telecommunications Office and other offices.

The roads were quiet and schoolchildren were sent home early.

Cendrawasih Pos, 13 August

Jayapura: Fears of mass unrest during the DAP peaceful demonstration did
not materialise. The number of people taking part exceeded expectations,
but the actions which took place in several parts of Papua were all peaceful.

Observations indicate that the action did not cause any clashes between the
masses and the security forces. Chief of Police for Papua, Irjen
Samantyanan said that according to reports from other places such as
Manokwari, Biak and elsewhere, there were no disturbances. The people have
shown an understanding of the need to preserve order together. Although
thousands were involved, everything went peacefully.'

He said however, that Operasi Mambruk 2005 would remain in force. This
operation was launched specifically to preserve order during the DAP
action. 'It would remain in force in various places, as required by local
conditions,' he said. 'The police must remain in a state of readiness, and
raids on certain places - gambling halls and drugs centres - would continue.'

The chief of police expressed his thanks to DAP who upheld its commitment
to maintain order.

The police chief said that he had issued instructions to all police
commands in the districts and sub-districts to be in a state of readiness
for the coming anniversary of the Republic (17 August). 'There will be no
show of force but raids will continue as a safeguard against criminal acts.'

Suara Pembaruan, 13 August

In reporting the action of 15,000 people to hand back the Special Autonomy
Law, it said that 500 motorcycles took part in the long march, sounding
their hooters continuously. Tens of thousands of people lined the route
shouting the marchers on, as if they were going to war. On a number of
occasions, people came forward to deliver speeches in support of the marchers.

Speaking to journalists, the secretary of DAP Willem Bonay said that Papuan
leaders had decided to hand back the Special Autonomy Law as it was
benefiting only a handful of people.

He said it is widely believed that funds allocated for Special Autonomy had
been misused. 'The governor says the money has been handed on to the
districts but they say they haven't received anything. But they are afraid
to give expression to their aspirations,' he said.

This report then gave a summary of the six demands which had been handed to
the DPRP.

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