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Jakarta Post

Freeport strike turns deadly

  • Nethy Dharma Somba Rangga D. Fadhillah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Jayapura   /   Tue, October 11 2011   /  09:29 am

A PT Freeport Indonesia worker named Petrus Ayamiseba was shot dead when the police fired warning shots to stop protesting workers from entering Gorong-Gorong bus terminal in Timika, Papua, on Monday.

The local subsidiary of US mining giant Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. provides buses at the terminal to transport workers to and from the Tembagapura mine site.

“The workers were walking and about to enter the terminal when suddenly we heard gunshots. Our colleague, Petrus Ayamiseba, was shot in left side of his chest and killed. The clash between workers and the police was inevitable,” Freeport Labor Union (SPSI) spokesman Juli Parorrongan said.

In addition to Petrus, several other workers were injured in the incident.

“Philiton Kogoya was injured by a blow to the head with the butt of a rifle. Ahmad Mustofa was shot in the back with a rubber b...