The Jakarta Post
Human rights watchdog Imparsial called on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to dismiss National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo following a string of violent incidents involving members of the corps nationwide.
“Clearly, the President should evaluate the performance of the police force. It is only a year and a half since Timur became the national police chief and yet the police already have a record full of violence,” Imparsial executive director Poengky Indarti told a press conference on Wednesday.
The dismal record, Poengki said, included incidents in Papua where police dispersed participants attending the third Papuan People’s Congress, which resulted in the deaths of three civilians in October.
Imparsial also said the police were responsible for the mass killings in Mesuji, Lampung and in South Sumatra. More than 30 people were reported to have been killed...