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Jakarta Post

Legal experts demand police prove violence against Papuan students ‘necessary’

  • Ardila Syakriah and Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Surabaya   /   Mon, August 26, 2019   /  08:50 am
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Personnel from the bomb squad of the East Java Police prepare to raid a dorm in Surabaya where 43 students from Papua live.(Antara/Didik Suhartono)

Legal experts have demanded that the police prove that shooting tear gas and arresting 43 Papuan students at a dorm in Surabaya on Aug. 17 without an investigation was “necessary” just because the police suspected there were “certain items” inside the dorm. East Java Police spokesperson Frans Barung Mangera said on Friday in Surabaya that an internal police investigation carried out on Thursday revealed that none of the personnel had violated standard operating procedures by using tear gas given the conditions on site. "First, there was potential for conflict. Second, there had been friction. Third, the personnel discovered certain items that I can't disclose yet. When checked by the police's internal affairs division, the discovered items were found to be potentially harmful for the personnel [...] So the tear gas attacks were justified aft...