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Jakarta Post

Papuan civilian dead after reported clash with soldiers

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Wed, May 18 2011   /  07:00 am

A fight involving Indonesian Military (TNI) forces allegedly killed a civilian, according to reports.

The victim was identified as Derek Adii, 26, from Manokwari regency, West Papua.

In a news release, the Papuan KINGMI church synod for justice and peace said the incident erupted as a passenger ferry was about to leave the Samubase Port in Nabire.

Derek was among the passengers squeezing on to the packed ferry.

He allegedly saw soldiers whom he thought were blocking the way and warned them to step aside. Some children had reportedly even fallen and been trampled by other passengers.

“But the soldiers scolded him and said they were the ones to bring order to the passengers and not the other way round,” said the release signed by coordinator Yones Douw.

Reportedly because they were offended, the soldiers, who were part of the Nabire Military Co...