Letter : Chaos in Papua
This is a comment from the website to the article entitled “Same foes, same woes behind Papua chaos” on the front page.
Daemonic tragedies pre- and post-election Aceh seemed to have inspired the uninspired Papuan rebels to do the same. I assume, these actions have been planned for a long time, before the Indonesian officials realized what was really happening and found themselves in an uncontrollable situation.
There are similarities in the series of coercive actions and intimidation in the last 18 months in Aceh and Papua that have claimed dozens to lives and injured hundreds of others.
As we all already know, the Aceh Party won the gubernatorial election amid intimidation and violence against Acehnese voters. Those “tools” succeeded in halting and delaying the election date, changing the government’s policies, softening the principal of democracy and beating the Constitutional Court’s ruling.
The scenario in Aceh seems to have inspired the Papuan rebels. Over the last 18 months, more than 35 people have been killed by the same “tools” as in Aceh. They have taken advantage of the government’s inability to control the situation. The security apparatus seems paralyzed in dealing with this situation. The goal is to undermine people’s confidence that the government still exists.
Obviously, they have won the battle, but not the war. I would say that a real victory would win the hearts and minds of the people.