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BEFORE DISMISSING THE MASS, POLICE CALL THEM “ MONKEY”

Some police officers were partly armed and barricaded roads (Jubi)
Jayapura , 2/4 ( Jubi ) – Members of the Students’ Solidarity Concern on political prisoners with Student Association Central Mountain were forcibly dispersed when they would hold a peaceful rally nearby campus gate of Cenderawasih University, Waena Jayapura , Papua on Wednesday afternoon ( 2/4).

The dismissal occurred when the protesters had been walking about 20 meters from a rallying point at the campus gate. Police officers who were on stand by junction blocked the road in order to stop the protesters who would like join other group.  Some police officers were partly armed and barricaded roads . From inside the barricade, could be heard,  a police officer said the word ” monkey ” three times to the mass.

Negotiation effort was done by one of the coordinators, yet was ignored a by the police unit chief. He firmly said ” If you keep walking, we’ll arrest, “.

Not too long ago, police arrested a coordinator and immediately secured in a vehicle that had been prepared. Protesters  who saw the arrest  spontaneously attacked by throwing rocks toward police officers. As a result, there was a backlash from the police by releasing several shots.

There is no update information whether any of the protesters was hit or not. ( Jubi / Meki Wetipo/Tina )

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