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Jakarta Post

She tweeted about the attack on Papuan students. Now, she is state enemy No. 1

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana
    Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 6, 2019   /  12:51 pm
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Hands up: People stand and raise their hands after police officers asked them to leave a Papuan student dormitory on Jl. Kalasan in Surabaya, East Java, on Saturday. The police took 43 people in for questioning after an incident on Friday, during which people reportedly found a red-and-white flag thrown in front of the dorm.(Antara/Didik Suhartono)

Human rights lawyer Veronica Koman is firmly in the government’s crosshairs after the East Java Police named her a suspect for allegedly provoking protests and riots in Papua and West Papua.  The government’s focus on Veronica was in evidence on Thursday, when Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto mentioned her as “the most important part” of his press conference regarding the situation in Papua.  “I think it’s already viral, what she said as provocation, inciting [Papuans] to continue to carry out resistance, to conduct violent demonstrations. She has been named a suspect,” Wiranto said, adding that she was being “pursued by Interpol” because she was currently outside the country.  On Wednesday, the East Java Police announced that they had named Veronica a suspect for allegedly vi...