Mobs Damage Local Government Agencies in West Papua Province


Four Provincial Government Agency of West Papua Province become the mobs’ target – Jubi / Hans Arnold

Manokwari, Jubi – Four provincial government agencies, where located in the West Papua Governor’s office compound at Arfai Manowari, were destroyed by mobs on Friday (6/4/2018) at around 13:20 Papua time.

These hundreds of the masses were alleged students from several campuses in Manokwari. They previously came to the Regional Financial Management and Assets Agency (BPKAD) to protest about the result of their tuition proposal.

A staff member of the BPKAD, DJ (initial), told Jubi that the commotion started when the crowd came to check their names in the list of beneficiaries at the Finance Office. Once they found their names were not on the list, they went to the BPKAD. “They made trouble in the Public Service Bureau Office, then returned to the Finance Office throwing woods and stones,” said DJ.

Meanwhile, Renold Lukukay, a security officer at the West Papua Governor Office, explained that before the incident occurred, the Head of Public Service Bureau met the masses.

“Because at that time there were some students came for the disbursement of funds, and some for just checking their names. Apparently, the latter was higher in number,” said Renold.

When they found their names were not on the list, they felt for not being accommodated and became angry. “When it happened, I tried to save the head of the public service bureau. Unfortunately, I was hit by a chair,” he said.

Until now, the police have not given an official statement about this issue. The Indonesian Military and the Police are currently on guard in the office area. Meanwhile, the masses and the persons, who are responsible for the destruction, have been dissolved.

Jubi observed that the four destroyed agencies are included BPBD (the Regional Disaster Management) Office, BPKAD, the Provincial Public Service Bureau Office, and the main office of West Papua Governor. (*)


Reporter: Hans Arnold

Editor: Pipit Maizier