20 People Secured over Timika Riots, West Papua Indonesia
KompaskoNews PAPUA- Mimika Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Agung Marlianto said, had secured 20 people related to the riots that occurred in Timika, Papua, Wednesday (21/08/2019). "There are around 20 people secured in the office and we will proceed with law enforcement," Agung said, Wednesday. Agung said, the 20 people will be legally processed. Agung asserted that there was no justification whatsoever from the demonstrations which led to anarchism.
"Again, no one has justified the demonstration which ended in anarchism by doing damage," Agung said. Officers also secured several other people who were found burning rubbish bins and tires. The police took these people to the police station for data collection. Agung said, until this afternoon the situation in Timika had been gradually conducive. "The condition has gradually recovered. We will patrol it every time until it recovers," Agung said.
Previously reported, the riots in Timika, Papua, were triggered by the disappointment of the masses who waited too long for the arrival of the Chairman of the Mimika DPRD and the Mimika Regent. They had hoped that the two figures would come to meet the masses. Antaranews reported that the action that originally carried the peaceful mission turned into an act of throwing stones at the Mimika DPRD building. Since Wednesday (8/21/2019) morning, more than 1,000 people came from a number of areas in Timika, Mimika Regency.
They took to the streets to voice the aspirations of anti-terrorism related to the incident that befell Papuan students in Malang, East Java Province, on August 16, 2019. They gathered in front of the Mimika DPRD office. Initially the atmosphere went peaceful. However, after a few hours of waiting for the arrival of the Regent and Chairman of the Mimika DPRD, the crowd was provoked. The crowd began throwing stones at the Mimika DPRD building located on Jalan Cenderawasih, Timika City, with stones around 13.00 Eastern Indonesian Time.