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Violence in Aceh Is Getting Political: Kontras  Tapol
 Aug 01, 2011 02:27 PDT 

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The Jakarta Post [web site]
July 31, 2011

Violence in Aceh Is Getting Political: NGO

Violence in Aceh is becoming political, according to a human rights NGO.

“We are facing violence in relation to local political issues such as
the regional elections and harsh competition between political
parties,” Harris Azhar, coordinator of the Missing Persons and
Violence Victims Commission (Kontras), told a press conference on
Sunday as quoted by kompas.com.

The latest incident of politically related violence was the murder of
Saiful Cage, a former Aceh Freedom Movement (GAM) combatant, who was
shot dead in a drive-by shooting on July 22. Saiful was working for
Aceh Governor Irwandi Yusuf’s controversial re-election campaign when
he was killed.

Kontras recorded 16 cases of violence Aceh in 2010, down from 26 cases
in 2009, he said.

Aceh was classified as a military operations area for years due to the
violent, decades-long insurgency led the GAM.

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