The Main Perpetrators of Hostage Taking in Papua
By: Bella (Researcher MACDIS)
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Around 1,300 residents were being held hostage by a two-dozen strong group that authorities said was part of the Free Papua Movement, which has been fighting a long running insurgency marked by periodic bouts of violence.
Keywords: Papua, West Papua, Tembagapura, Mimika, Indonesia, Armed Group, Separatist, Hostage, Terror, Perpetrators.
Armed separatist groups were occupying two villages near a huge US-owned copper mine in Indonesia’s eastern Papua Province. Around 1,300 residents were being held hostage by a two-dozen strong group that authorities said was part of the Free Papua Movement, which has been fighting a long running insurgency marked by periodic bouts of violence. Local Papuan and also people from other provinces have been prohibited from leaving Kampung Kimberly and Kampung Bani, the two villages controlled by the armed group, which security authorities call an armed criminal group (KKB).
This is not the first time that the separatist group in Papua has used terror tactic to intimidate the local population, draw attention, and steal needed supplies. The separatist groups haven’t been willing to give up yet, negotiation efforts through a persuasive approach haven’t been successful. Sources reveal that Benny Wenda, the leader of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) was behind the unprovoked and barbarous attacks. The ULMWP, which claims as the rightful government of West Papua, routinely direct its armed wing in West Papua and terrorize the residents of west Papua. This is strategy to stoke fear and coerce support from the West Papuan people.
Besides Mr. Wenda, there are several main perpetrators as leaders and intellectual actors in the group, including Teny Kwalik, Sabinus Waker, and Hendry Uamang. Tony Kwalik and Hendry Uamang are the leaders of the TPN-OPM group in Tembagapura area that often disturbs citizens for robbing, torturing and killing non-obedient citizens. Sabinus Waker is the brain of 2 deprived firearms stayer type owned by Brimob who are in charge of securing PT Freeport in 2015. All three of them are responsible for criminal acts in Tembagapura region by using mass power and pointing guns.