Surabaya, Indonesia: West Papuan Student Dorm Stormed by Special Operations Police

18.08.19: The siege of the West Papuan student dormitory in Surabaya, East Java came to a violent end yesterday when Brimob (special operations police) stormed the building and forcibly arrested the students. Police fired numerous tear gas canisters into the building before breaking their way in. 42 students were rounded up, their phones were confiscated and they were then made to squat walk out onto the road where they were beaten and forced onto waiting police vans and taken to the Surabaya police station.

Here is a chronology of recent events that culminated in the siege of the dormitory via Yohanes Giyai, from the Aliansi Mahasiswa Papua / Papua Students Alliance…

1. West Papuan civilians in Nduga regency, West Papua were killed, more than 180 died, thousands were displaced, their survival in various regions continues to be threatened, from December 2, 2018 to Saturday, August 17, 2019, for more than 9 months.

2. A series of deaths of Papuan Catholic priests. Father Neles Tebay died on April 14, 2019, followed by 4 other priests. All this happened within 4 months.

3. On August 15, 2019, the peaceful demonstration by Papuan students led by Papua Student Alliance was brutally dispersed by reactionary civilian militias, TNI (Indonesian Armed Forces) and police in Malang. This resulted in dozens of students injured, 2 of them seriously – they were rushed to hospital for treatment and stitches.

4. On August 16, 2019, the West Papuan student dormitory in Surabaya, East Java was surrounded by reactionary civilian militias, TNI and police. The reactionary forces yelled out racist abuse such as “You monkeys, get out here! All Papuans are kicked out of Surabaya!”. As a result, 15 of us were locked inside the dormitory without food or water. Some Indonesian people acting in solidarity brought us dinner at around 01:30AM but were detained and interrogated by the police.

5. On August 17, 2019, the dormitory was still under heavy siege. 25 West Papuan students brought food and drinks for their comrades inside the dormitory. They were surrounded. At around 12 noon, several rounds of tear gas were fired into the dormitory and police stormed inside. 42 students were forced to squat and walk to four waiting police transport vans. They were beaten, their phones were confiscated and they were taken to Surabaya regional police station. They were released at 23:33PM.

The series of events described above did not just happen. All of these are patterns or scenarios within the framework of occupation which continues to be played by the State of Indonesia as the occupiers of the people of West Papua. Seeing the reality of the oppression that continues to be experienced by the people of Papua, FIGHTING becomes a necessity / obligation to be carried out against those who continue to oppress the people in West Papua and in the country of the Indonesian colonizers. History has proven that the reality of oppression will produce an unstoppable wave of resistance, all forms of Indonesian oppression are building a wave of Papuan people’s return and manifesting awareness to continue building a culture of resistance against injustice towards West Papua’s National Liberation.

Yohanes Giyai,
Colonial Land, August 18, 2019.

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