Minister conducts post-vandalism inspection of ANTARA Papua office

Minister conducts post-vandalism inspection of ANTARA Papua office

Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono inspects ANTARA News Agency's office building in Jayapura, Papua, on Tuesday (Sept 3, 2019) following a vandalistic attack by demonstrators in a riot on Aug 29. (ANTARA Papua/Evarukdijati/Su)

This inspection result will be reported to the president at a limited meeting in connection with the issuance of presidential regulation as a preemptive solution to the issue.
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - Public Works and People Housing (PUPR) Minister Basuki Hadimuljono inspected the ANTARA News Agency office in Jayapura, Papua, Tuesday, after it became the target of vandalistic attack by demonstrators in a riot on Aug 29.

Hadimuljono, in the company of Papua's Government Secretary Heri Dosinaen, observed the condition of the office building, whose windows had been shattered.

The duo thereafter continued their inspection by checking the condition of the National Commission on Human Rights' office building located right next to ANTARA's on the Soa Siu Dok V Bawah Street.

Hadimuljono, along with PUPR officials, inspected several offices, comprising Papua's People Assembly (MRP) and Governor office buildings, which were scorched and damaged by protesters at the same event of last week's rally.

"This inspection result will be reported to the president at a limited meeting in connection with the issuance of a presidential regulation as a preemptive solution to the issue," Hadimuljono remarked.

The rally, staged to protest against racial behavior towards Papuans and spiraling into a riot, had brought public activities in Jayapura, the capital city of Papua, to a standstill. Not only were office buildings destroyed but several residential houses were also set ablaze, triggering forced mass evacuations of people to the Navy's quarter Mako Lantamal X Jayapura at Hamadi District.

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