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Riot brakes out after the return of ex-Papua governor’s body

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Jakarta, IO – Thousands of people started to riot when they were waiting for the arrival of the coffin of the former Papua governor Lukas Enembe in Jayapura, Thursday (28/12).

The mob burned dozens of shophouses in Waena, Heram district. They also reportedly threw stones at other buildings, per Kompas, Fri (29/12).

Papua Police chief Inspector General Mathius D. Fakhiri said seven TNI/Polri officers were injured in the incident, including acting governor Ridwan Rudalamun.

“The loss is still being assessed,” said Mathius.

The mass procession carrying Lukas Enembe’s coffin took place from Sentani airport to the Evangelical High School of Theology (STAKIN).

En route, a number of people set fire to a cars, motorbikes and threw stones at a number of buildings.

More than 1,000 police officers deployed to secure the procession were also attacked by the frenzy mob, leading to a clash between the crowd and security officers.

“In the incident in front of STAKIN, 14 victims were injured, 1 car was burned, 5 vehicles were heavily damaged and 2 buildings were damaged,” said Mathius.

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Lukas died at the Army’s Gatot Soebroto Central Hospital (RSPAD), Central Jakarta on Tuesday (26/12) at the age of 56.

The two-term governor was arrested by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and was found guilty for receiving Rp17.7 billion in bribes and almost Rp2 billion in gratification. He was sentenced to eight years’ jail, ordered to pay compensation and barred from politics. (un)

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