Jayapura – The Secretary of the Papua Red and White Front (Barisan Merah Putih Papua/BMP), Yonas Nussy appealed to the public not to be easily provoked by irresponsible groups aiming to undermine the security stability in Papua.
“The public should not be instigated by the irresponsible groups undertaking activities that exploit the issue of racism,” he added on Wednesday.
Yonas Nussy, who is also the Chairperson of the Saireri Community Forum, further responded to the development of the issue in Indonesia, stating that if anyone want to convey their aspirations, they should do so “in accordance with the regulations.” The same holds true for any parties who are not satisfied with the prevailing laws; they are free to take legal action because everything is already stipulated under the applicable laws of the Republic of Indonesia.
He added that the event in August 2019, where demonstration against racism ended in anarchy, must not happen again, as there were fatalities and significant material consequences.
“Papua will become the host of a national event, which is PON XX 2020. In addition, Papua will also hold simultaneous local elections, so the region must maintain peace and comfort,” he said.
Yonas also conveyed his appreciation to the Regional Police Chief Inspector General, Paulus Waterpauw and the Commander of the XVII/Cenderawasih, Major General Herman Asaribab for their efforts in maintaining security and order in the land of Papua. He stressed that Papuans should join hands together to maintain security, to remain safe, and keep the situations conducive in the land of Papua. All of this are done so that development may run smoothly.
He also touched on the Covid-19 pandemic situation, asking that all people in Papua follow the existing health protocols, so as not to be exposed to the virus that have claimed thousands of lives in the country.
“We know that currently the government is struggling to fight the the COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, let us comply with the health protocols regulated by the government,” Yonas said.
Source: Reportase Papua