Police to Launch Special Operation to Tackle Freeport Attacks

Police to Launch Special Operation to Tackle Freeport Attacks

The Jakarta Post,
by Dicky Christanto

National Police is preparing a special operation to capture the perpetrators of a series of armed attacks on US gold and copper mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua.

The police spokesman Brig. Gen. Sulistyo Ishak said Wednesday the operation would start by combing 29 districts surrounding the Papua regency of Mimika, home to Freeport’s Grassberg mine.

The National Police has fielded over 60 reinforcement personnel from the Mobile Brigade elite force and the counter-terror squad Densus 88 to back up the provincial police.

Sulistyo said the police remained in the dark about the group behind the attacks, which have left three people dead and two others injured.

Details of the operation will remain a secret, but Sulistyo said it would be different from police operations in the past, which observers said were prone to human rights violations particularly in a separatism-plagued province like Papua.

Extrajudicial killings, tortures, involuntary disappearance and other forms of violence were rampant in security operations to quell separatism in the past.