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Jakarta Post

Approach on Papua slammed

  • Nethy Dharma Somba and Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 16 2012   /  07:24 am

The streets of Abepura and Sentani in Jayapura regency looked deserted on Friday, a day after riots erupted in nearby Waena district after the death of local activist Mako Tabuni.

Traders chose to close their shops along the main roads in both cities for security reasons.

“I won’t go to the office today. I am afraid a similar incident might occur. I chose to accompany my kids to school,” said Damaris, a civil servant at a local administration office.

Meanwhile, Tabuni’s family collected the activist’s body from the Bhayangkara Police Hospital, ahead of the burial planned for Saturday in Wamena.

For Tabuni’s family, his death is not the end of what he had been fighting for, because whether or not he was murdered, the struggle to free Papuans from their suffering is not over.

“Although Tabuni was shot and killed, this is not over. Tabuni was...