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Why a nonmilitaristic approach needed to solve Papua conflict

Hero’s procession: Indonesian Army commandos carry the coffin containing the body of the Papua head of the State Intelligence Agency (BIN), Maj. Gen. I Gusti Putu Danny, on April 26 at the cargo terminal of Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Banten. Danny was killed in an ambush by an armed group in Papua. (Antara/Muhammad Iqbal)
Irine Hiraswari Gayatri
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Melbourne   ●   Tue, May 4 2021

Shooting incidents were rife again in Papua during the past month. In the afternoon of April 25, the head of the Papua office of the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) was shot from a close distance in Beoga district in the highland regency of Puncak, indicating that the shooter had weaponry skills and a territorial understanding of the site.

Only days later, a crossfire in Ilaga regency cost the lives of a Mobile Brigade (Brimob) police officer and a suspected member of the Free Papua Organization (OPM).

Prior to the two incidents, civilians and ordinary, nonpartisan citizens, including teachers, fell victim to conflicts between security forces and armed groups.

The string of shooting incidents only adds to a series of violence besetting the provinces of Papua and West Papua. Academics have consistently dubbed the warlike situation on Papuan land the most p...

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