Papuan Student Dormitory in Bali Terrorised by Intelligence ahead of APEC

Translation from Papuan Students Alliance report published 27th September 2013.

Ahead of the APEC CEO summit in Nusa Dua, Denpasar, Bali from the 1st till the 8th of October 2013, the dormitories of Papuan students have been visited by plain clothed officers.

The arrival of these intelligence officers was to ascertain whether Papuan students in Bali would hold a demonstration in response to the CEO summit or not. However for reasons that are unclear, several intelligence officers went straight to the student’s rooms and TV area on the second floor, without asking permission of the residents. The visitors’ area is on the first floor of the dormitory.

Indonesian intelligence officers are afraid there will be an action taken by Papuan students around the time of the summit, because more than 5000 local and international journalists will be attending. Therefore the authorities intended to repress the Papuan students by terrorising and harassing them in order to prevent them taking action at the summit. Melki, the head of the Papuan student dormitory, said that the intelligence operation against them had begun of the 15th of September and continued until yesterday the 26th of September. Intelligence officers had been coming in groups of 2, and occasionally 3, 4 and 6. In his opinion, their visits had greatly disturbed the students’ studies, as they had been made to feel terrorised by questions (from the Intelligence officers) that didn’t make sense. Most of the residents of the dormitory are new students so when facing this situation they feel pressured and panic.

“In order for the Intelligence operation to cease, we have told them that if they come again without a clear reason, or enter without asking permission from the residents, we will denounce their activities to the heads of the intelligence organisations that they are working for” Melki added.

This photo shows 2 Intelligence officers, captured by a resident using their mobile phone camera.

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Until now, Papuan students in Bali remain in under pressure and are not feeling secure to continue with their studies. Therefore they ask for the support from all Papuan people wherever they are.

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