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Jakarta Post

Vigil finds people know little about Wamena incident

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 2, 2019   /  04:08 pm
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Residents reopen their businesses in Wamena, Jayawijaya regency, Papua on Sept. 26. Local people resumed activities after a deadly riot on Sept. 23 that claimed at least 33 lives.(Antara/Iwan Adisaputra)

A solemn atmosphere unfolded early Tuesday evening at Taman Aspirasi park near the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta, when around 30 activists held a candlelight vigil, bringing black umbrellas and red and white roses. The activists, from a forum called Indonesia’s Family for Wamena, organized the vigil in observance of those who were killed during the riot that broke out in Wamena, Jayawijaya regency, Papua. In the middle of the event, when some activists dramatically gave their roses to some police officers and journalists after a short prayer, a Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officer approached The Jakarta Post and frantically asked, “What is this ritual for?” and after it was explained to him, he responded with confusion, “Wamena?” The head-scratching officer's reply may simply represent how muc...