Thursday, August 20, 2009
Are the West Papuans really this tricky?
Indonesian Military claim Papua Attacks Aim to Provoke Rights Abuses
The recent attacks in Papua, especially those around the Freeport mining complex, were aimed at provoking the military into committing human rights violations that would grab the attention of the international community.
Armed Forces (TNI) spokesman Brig. Gen. Christian Zebua said the perpetrators — who he referred to by the military’s code name, the Security Disturbance Movement, rather than by the official name, the Free Papua Movement (OPM) — were setting up a scenario whereby the country’s security personnel would be dragged into a deeper conflict that could result in them committing rights abuses, which would then make news internationally.