Police Arrest Students to Hold Fundraising for PNG


Solidarity of West Papua for earthquake victims in Papua New Guinea (PNG), during a press conference – Jubi / Agus Pabika

Jayapura, Jubi – Solidarity of West Papua for the victims of the earthquake in Papua New Guinea (PNG), disappointed to the Abepura Police Sector due to the arrest of five students. They were arrested when doing fundraising in the front of the Abepura traffic lights on Thursday (5/4/2018).

According to the Abepura Police Chief, Kris Dogopia, this arrest occurred due to the students violated the regulation and had no permit.

“We are wondering because they have done this for seven-time and never been arrested. But it changed this time. The police arrested them at 12:14 and then released them at 14:30 Papua time,” said Dogopia acted as the Secretary-General of Solidarity during a press conference at the Secretariat of the Union Catholic Students of the Republic of Indonesia (PMKRI) branch Jayapura in Kamkey on Friday (6/4/2018).

He further said that actually, they have submitted a notice letter to the Papua Police, the Jayapura Municipality Police and the Abepura Police with the reference of 01 / WPSED-PNG / SP-III / 2018.001 on 14 March 2018. The letter said that the fundraising would be carried out every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and involved approximately 50 participants. “It is quite clear that the fundraising will last for a month by distributing a box to collect money from the crowds in several cities,” he said,

The community then requested the Abepura Police Chief to refer to the Papua Police and the Jayapura Municipality Police for ensuring the letter has been sent.

“We are very disappointed and ask for an explanation from the Abepura Police Chief in regards to some boxes of donations that seized by the police”.

According to him, two boxes contained some notes of Rp 100,000 and Rp 50,000, but then it returned to the students, they only had Rp, 20,000, Rp 10,000, Rp 5,000, Rp 2,000 and a thousand rupiah. (*)


Reporter: Aguz Pabika

Editor: Pipit Maizier