Ringtone anger ‘won’t affect’ SBY visit to Papua

Ringtone anger ‘won’t affect’ SBY visit to Papua

, 21 November 2010


INDONESIA: A series of conflicts sparked by a racist mobile phone ringtone will not affect a visit by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to Jayapura, Papua.

“President Yudhoyono will continue to visit Jayapura from Nov. 21-22 despite the recent conflicts,” Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Bekto Suprapto said Saturday.

In Jayapura, Yudhoyono is scheduled to meet with representatives of the Papua and West Papua provincial administrations, attend a meeting of the Student Executive Body from universities across the nation and deliver a lecture at Cenderawasih University, Bekto said.

He added that the sender of the controversial ringtone and the singer had been named suspects and were being investigated by Jayapura Police.

“The two were shocked as they did not think [the ringtone] would cause such a big stir,” he said, referring to protests by members of the Wamena tribe upon hearing the ringtone, which led to the destruction of several houses and arson attacks on several others.