Some days after a joint police and military forces entered the KNPB secretariat in Mamberamo Tengah to inquire and ensure the legality of an event being prepared, intimidation happened again. On 1 December 2023, as KNPB activists were preparing banners to commemorate the “Papuan Independence Day”, the police led by the Mamberamo Tengah Police Chief arrived with complete equipment, under the command of the Deputy Chief of Police of Papua. They entered the KNPB regional secretariat in Mamberamo Tengah at around 8:30 AM to disrupt the worship activities but were unsuccessful.
The police took issue with the image of the Morning Star flag on the door of the KNPB secretariat. Therefore, the Deputy Chief of Police ordered police officers to immediately remove the image of the Morning Star flag motif from the door of the KNPB secretariat.
The Deputy Chief of Police then personally oversaw the removal of the Morning Star flag image from the door of the KNPB secretariat in the Mamberamo Central region.
Detailed Case Data
name of the location: Kobakma (-3.6725407415544993, 139.06356857421167)
administrative region: Indonesia, Papua Pegunungan Province, Mamberamo Tengah Regency, Kobakma District
total number of victims: dozens
period of incident: 01.12.2023
perpetrator details: unknown
Issues: freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, indigenous peoples
Further HRM News: https://humanrightsmonitor.org/news/peaceful-1-december-commemorations-responded-with-arbitrary-arrests-and-violence-against-protesters/
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