Military, Police Chiefs to meet displaced people in Timika, Papua

Military, Police Chiefs to meet displaced people in Timika, Papua

Children and women, who fled Wamena following the bloody riot on Sept 23, 2019, arrived in Timika, Mimika District, Papua Province, by an Air Force Hercules aircraft. (photo: Antara/Evarianus Supar/FA)

Timika, Papua (ANTARA) - Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and Indonesian Police (Polri) Chief General Tito Karnavian planned to meet people displaced owing to a recent bloody riot in Wamena and Ilaga conflict in Timika, Papua.

Moreover, they will hold discussions on the latest situation in Timika and the adjoining areas with the local authorities grouped in Forkopimda, Johannes Rettob, deputy district head of Mimika, remarked here on Wednesday.

Tjahjanto and Karnavian will also review facilities and preparations for the implementation of the 20th National Sport Week (PON) to be held in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua next year, from Oct 20 to Nov 2, 2020.

Timika is currently offering shelter to 128 people taking refuge after the riot in Wamena that killed 33 people, mostly hailing from West Sumatra and South Sulawesi. Of the 128 displaced people, 119 are from Toraja, South Sulawesi, and nine from Java Island.

The regional government has ensured that every refugee receives proper care and adequate food, medicines, and clothing while being accommodated in Timika, he stated.

In the meantime, Coordinating Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto, Tjahjanto, and Karnavian arrived in Papua on Tuesday to review the latest condition in Wamena, among other things.

Health Minister Nila Djuwita F. Moeloek, State Enterprises (BUMN) Minister Rini Soemarno, and Social Affairs Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita were among other ministers also part of the entourage. After arriving in Wamena, they held dialogs with local communities, visited riot-hit schools, and met the displaced people and local officials.

They also undertook a tour of Wamena Town to observe buildings as well as the Woma Market, among others, burned during the riot.

On September 23, the riot broke out in Wamena during a massive protest, triggered by fake news on a teacher's racist slurs against local students.

A total of 33 people, including a medical doctor, were killed, while at least 77 others sustained injuries in the riot that also compelled several thousand residents, mostly non-native Papuans, to take shelter in the local military and police compounds. Related news: Social workers to work with Wamena riot survivors
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