The PRP submitted a formal registration letter for a peaceful protest march from Ekspo Waena to the provincial parliament on 11 July 2021. The following day, Jayapura Police Chief Mackbon publicly declared that he will not allow the protest march but would facilitate a group of PRP representatives to meet with parliament members. The PRP supporters rejected this proposal, insisting the police respect and protect the freedom of peaceful assembly and their rights as Indonesian citizens.
According to media sources, the Jayapura police chief mobilized 2,000 police officers to prevent the protest. Police officers and crowd control vehicles too were positioned in strategic locations across Jayapura City (see photos below) since 6.00 am.
Dozens of police officers dispersed a group of about 30 students at the entrance gate to the Cenderawasih University campus in Waena, Jayapura. A video of the crowd control operation (see video below) shows police officers wearing helmets and heavy gear beating the protesters with wooden batons. They pushed back the protesters into the university campus after they insisted on walking towards the parliament building in Jayapura. Four protesters were injured (see table below) as a result of police violence.
A group of PRP supporters succeeded to meet with local lawmakers in front of the Papuan provincial parliament in Jayapura City (see photos below).
|1||Wilinus Walianggen||22 years, sustained a head injury as police officers beat him with a wooden baton|
|2||Habel Rufus Fauwok||sustained bruises on the hip and the right hand as police officers beat him with a wooden baton|
|3||Ebenius Tabuni||20 years, sustained bruises on the right shoulder and the right hand as police officers beat him with a wooden baton|
|4||Nias Asso||20 years, sustained bruises on the shoulder as police officers beat him with a wooden baton|
Detailed Case Data
name of the location: Gate of Cenderawasih University Campus (-2.5805993512240555, 140.6469677482442)
administrative region: Indonesia, Papua Province, Jayapura city
total number of victims: four
period of incident: 14.07.2022
perpetrator details: unknown
Issues: freedom of expression, torture, freedom of peaceful assembly, indigenous peoples
Sources: https://jubi.id/tanah-papua/2022/polresta-jayapura-tak-izinkan-petisi-rakyat-papua-gelar-long-march/, https://www.cnnindonesia.com/nasional/20220714165825-12-821636/aparat-bubarkan-pedemo-petisi-rakyat-papua-di-abepura-hingga-heram
Further HRM News: https://humanrightsmonitor.org/news/police-disperse-new-protests-against-formation-of-new-provinces-in-west-papua-at-least-six-protesters-injured/
|Number||Name, Details||Gender||Age||Group Affiliation||Violations|
|1||Wilinus Walianggen||male||22||indigenous, activist||ill-treatment, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly|
|1||Habel Rufus Fauwok||male||unknown||indigenous, activist||ill-treatment, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly|
|1||Ebenius Tabuni||male||20||indigenous, activist||ill-treatment, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly|
|1||Nias Asso||male||20||indigenous, activist||ill-treatment, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly|
|dozens||unknown||unknown||unknown||activist, student||freedom of expression, freedom of assembly|