Indonesia dismisses commander over troop revolt

April 30, 2009

Updated at: 1600 PST, Thursday, April 30, 2009

JAKARTA: The commander of an Indonesian army battalion which revolted against its officers in the restive province of Papua has been dismissed from his post, an army spokesman said Thursday.

The move came a day after about 200 troops rioted over their officers’ reported refusal to pay the full costs of returning a dead soldier’s body to his family in another province. Read the rest of this entry »


Army chief flies to Papua to quell rampage

April 30, 2009

The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Thu, 04/30/2009 7:39 AM | National

Army chief of staff Gen. Agustadi Sasongko flew to Sentani in Papua to meet protesting soldiers who had put Papua on red alert.

On Thursday, Papua Military spokesman Lt. Col. Susilo said Agustadi had left Jakarta on Wednesday night, soon after the soldiers’ violent protest over what they said had been the theft of their money.

“Last night, Bapak (Agustadi) left Jakarta and this morning arrives here, and will head to Sentani to meet the soldiers immediately,” Sasongko told Antara news agency. Read the rest of this entry »


Fears for Journalists Hiding from Rioting Soldiers in Indonesia

April 30, 2009

News from Nick Chesterfield:

Today at 5:58am

Media Release: Indonesia 29 April, 2009

Fears for Journalists Hiding from Rioting Soldiers in Indonesia

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is extremely worried
for the safety of a team of journalists in Indonesia, who tonight are
reported to be in hiding in Jayapura, Papua Province, as hundreds of
soldiers of the Indonesian army riot in the town.
Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI), an IFJ affiliate, reports that the
journalists were reporting on a military event in Jayapura today when
they observed soldiers attacking an army camp. One of the team took
photos of the attack. Read the rest of this entry »