Hundreds of people have fled a village in Indonesia’s restive Papua region following the deployment of more than 100 security officers, the Jakarta Post reported on Wednesday.
About 500 residents of Dagouto village in Paniai Regency have sought refuge following the deployment of 150 Mobile Brigade officers to their area. Paniai tribe council chief John Gobai, along with four other Paniai people, went to the National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR) to complain about the presence of police officers in the area, which they said “exacerbated the security situation.”
“Our people have become refugees at Uwatawogi Hall in Enarotali, Paniai, for several weeks. They are now afraid they may not be able to celebrate Christmas at home,” John told reporters, as quoted by the newspaper.