KNPB activists, including its newly elected general secretary, Vero Hubi (red shirt) transported by police truck after the police dissolved the 10th KNPB anniversary in the Bintang Bintang student dormitory - Doc. Jubi

Jayapura police disbanded KNPB’s public discussion then arrested 106 activists

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KNPB activists, including its newly elected general secretary, Vero Hubi (red shirt) transported by police truck after the police dissolved the 10th KNPB anniversary in the Bintang Bintang student dormitory – Doc. Jubi

 

 

Jayapura, Jubi – Jayapura Police disbanded public discussions to commemorate the tenth anniversary of West Papua National Committee (KNPB) of which was due to be held at Pegunungan Bintang Student Dormitory, Monday (11/19/2018).

“The 10th anniversary of KNPB is taking place in Pegunungan Bintang student dormitory, Waena Jayapura, West Papua. I was present as a speaker representated the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). Before the activities started, the police came and stopped it, “said Markus Haluk to Jubi regarding the event.

KNPB General Secretary Vero Hubi has also confirmed the disbanded of KNPB public discussion.

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“Yes, (the discussion on) KNPB’s anniversary was dissolved. We are in a prison truck,” Vero wrote briefly through a short message.

Based on organising committee information until late in the afternoon, there were three trucks and a police car carrying KNPB activists. It is said about 126 activists have been detained.

Before the police dispersed the activities, KNPB activists also reported that the police came to KNPB secretariat earlier at Vietnam Camp, Waena, and then damaged the door of secretariat. The police also repainted the door that was originally drawn as a Morning Star in blue.

“They (the police) entered KNPB Secretariat without showing a warrant, they also entered with full weapons,” said Ones Suhuniap, former general secretary of KNPB.

When confirmed, Jayapura head of police (Kapolresta), AKBP Gustav Urbinas justified the disbanded of public discussion activities.

He also said that some of KNPB activists who were present at the event were taken to Jayapura City Resort Police Station to be asked for clarification regarding the activities .

“Right. They are at the Police station. They are being identified and we will clarify the person in charge of the activity. Everything is in good condition,” said Kapolresta Urbinas responsed to Jubi’s question.

Kapolresta also confirmed that Markus Haluk, who served as an executive of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), is amonh the detained activists which were taken to the Jayapura Regional Police, (*)

Reporter: Victor Mambor
Editor: Zely Ariane

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