WEST PAPUA: Journalists assaulted in Freeport mine strike
Monday, October 17, 2011
JAYAPURA (Jakarta Post / Pacific Media Watch): Journalists Duma Tato Sanda from Cahaya Papua and Syahrul from Radar Timika were assaulted by workers of PT Freeport Indonesia while covering an workers’ strike rally in Timika, Papua, last Monday.
According to tempointeraktif.com, protesters beat up Duma, took his camera and seized his motorcycle. The mob also beat Syahrul over the head and took his camera.
“I told them that I was a journalist covering the demonstration but they just didn’t listen. They beat me up and then took my camera and motorcycle,” he said.
After seizing his property, the demonstrators pelted him with stones.
“I was running away when a motorcyclist passed by and gave me a ride,” he said.
Duma said he wanted his attackers taken to court and his property returned.
“I have reported this to the police,” he said.
PT Freeport workers’ association spokesman Julius Parorongan regretted the incident and suggested journalists stay away from the strikers.
“The workers are difficult to control now,” he said.
“Things are unpredictable. I don’t want another journalist to become a victim,” he said.
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