Students in Papua refuse army entering campus

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Cenderawasih University students held a demonstration at Uncen Waena Campus, Wednesday (13/7/2022). – Jubi/Theo Kelen

Jayapura, Jubi TV – The Student Executive Board (BEM) of Cenderawasih University took to the streets on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, asking the university’s rector to stop all forms of cooperation with the security forces, especially the Indonesian Military (TNI).

The protest occurred from 8 to 11 a.m. local time in front of the Gate of Cenderawasih University, Perumnas 3 Waena, involving the BEM of nine faculties.

Cenderawasih University BEM head Salmon Wandik asked the rector to cancel cooperation with the 172/Praja Wira Yakthi Military Resort Command, which is under the command of XVII/Cenderawasih Military Regional Command. Wandik worried this collaboration would hinder and limit the democracy on campus because of intervention from the military towards students’ activities, especially protests by students.

“We have experienced enough repression and police brutality, we don’t want to deal with the army,” said Wandik to Jubi.

Wandik said that so far, Cenderawasih University students have often received intimidation from the security forces, especially from the police. He could not imagine what would happen to the students if the army entered the campus.

According to him, the TNI should be guarding the territory in border areas, not within the cities, let alone the campus environment. “Don’t let the TNI enter the campus,” he said. (*)

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