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Jakarta Post

Rights activists criticize the use of troops in Poso

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 27 2012   /  10:01 am

Human rights advocates are criticizing the deployment of Indonesian Military (TNI) troops to Poso, Central Sulawesi, following several terrorist attacks, describing it as a counterproductive move that might incite additional unrest.

Haris Azhar from the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) said on Thursday that the troop deployment would evoke memories of the murderous sectarian conflict that befell the regency over a decade ago.

Central Sulawesi Police officers and Army soldiers have been sweeping hamlets near Mount Biru since Wednesday, in search of the terrorists responsible for five bomb explosions and two shootings that have resulted in three deaths, including that of two police officers, and the injury of four others.

“For what reason has the government involved the Army? We are afraid that it will not only stir up trauma among res...