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Solving ‘the Papuan problem’ or Papua’s problems?

  • Pierre Marthinus

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 27 2011   /  08:00 am

A string of shooting incidents has plagued Papua and claimed lives since security forces dispersed the third Papuan People’s Congress under the justification of possible treason as well as a breach of the gathering’s permits when participants declared the formation of a Papuan Transitional Government in Abepura on Oct. 19.

Global media networks have circulated pictures and articles related to last week’s gathering, the arrest of 300 people that followed and indications of abuses by the security forces in response to the incident.

Obviously, the government should be more concerned about its international notoriety in Papua instead of obsessing over the Cabinet reshuffle, domestic popularity and securing their finances for the 2014 elections.

Undoubtedly, the timing of the congress was arranged to coincide with Jakarta’s preoccupation with its internal politi...