Manokwari, W Papua (ANTARA) - West Papua Governor Dominggus Mandacan said he had met Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati in Jakarta September 9 and submitted a report on the damaged buildings after the violent protest August 19. He also submitted a budget proposal for repairing the buildings. The reports were then handed over to President Joko Widodo through the State Secretariat, Home Ministry, and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, and several other related ministries and government agencies, he told journalists here Thursday.

The provincial and central governments shared the responsibility for rebuilding and repairing the damaged buildings, Sri Mulyani told him.

During the violent protest against the Surabaya incident that broke out in Manokwari, the capital of West Papua on August 19, rioters vandalized and set fire to the province's parliamentary building and the Papuan People's Assembly building.

The provincial government had proposed a budget totaling Rp350 billion for rebuilding and repairing the two damaged buildings, he said. There would be further talks between the provincial and central government in this regard, he added.

To assist the people whose properties were damaged during the violent protests against the alleged racist slurs against the Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java, on August 16, the Ministry of Social Affairs had submitted a budget totaling Rp7 billion.

The legal process against two TNI officers who had allegedly used racist slurs was underway, Air Chief Marshall, Hadi Tjahjanto, said recently.

The officers being investigated are Major NHI, commander of the Surabaya 0831/02 Regional Military Command, and a village supervisory non-commissioned officer (Babinsa), he said.

Whatever mistakes the army personnel had committed on duty would consequently be sanctioned, Tjahjanto said.

The Surabaya incident has triggered anger among native Papuans inside and outside the provinces of Papua and West Papua.

Now the situation in the two provinces had returned to normal, because of the law and order mission by the security personnel. The local police had also investigated those allegedly involved in the rioting.
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