Indonesians are now deeply mourning because dozens of their family members of Papuan ethnic passed away. But they are also angered because of several individuals’ provoking comments that were allegedly made up to fuel the violent unrest that took away the innocent lives. Some international media sadly seems to deliberately generate some press-related momentum out of the horrific atrocity in West Papua. While Indonesia is grieving, international media spotlight is purposefully sought after by entities that want to see the country falls apart.
A few individuals like Socratez Yoman and Veronica Koman are reportedly in close contact with international media agencies, especially SBS Australia. The media is seen to report the recent violent unrest in Wamena, Papua Province, Indonesia, based on the quotes of individuals like both persons.
The unrest was, as reported by some local and international media agencies, triggered a derogatory comment made by a teacher against his/her student in West Papua. Local media though claim that they cannot validate the alleged derogatory trigger as no evidence has been found. However, almost no international media, especially SBS Australia, cover the validity of the alleged trigger.
By skipping the need to cover what was really the trigger, the discussion about the unrest has deliberately taken to go too far about human right abuses and referendum in West Papua. There seems to be an effort to make West Papua look full of horizontal conflicts and to create a momentum to degrade and blame Indonesia for letting West Papua suffers from the conflicts.
In fact, Indonesians of all ethnicities are saddened by what is happening in West Papua right now. Many initiated peace talks and dialogs to lower to tension. On social media, statuses, posters, and videos have been posted to show solidarity and sympathy to their fellow West Papuans.
Even some West Papuans posted their own comments on the media showing that they are and will always be part of Indonesia and brothers and sisters of all Indonesian regardless the diverse ethnicities. Indonesian media agencies also regret about the fact that some invalidated info triggers the violent unrest and ends up claiming lives of innocents.
Meanwhile, as some sources have confirmed, Yoman and Koman are in an active online conversation with SBS Australia. Both agreed to keep in touch regarding the development of the situation in West Papua regarding the recent outbreak. The former entities agreed to feed the latter so some horrific atmosphere that West Papua is in great danger can be fabricated. In one communication, Yoman spread info some online chat groups that SBS would publish full coverage of the unrest alongside the exact timing of the publication.
Due to the unrest, dozens of innocent West Papuans, both of Papuan and non-Papuan ethnicities, reportedly died because they were trapped in their buildings burned down by violent protesters. One soldier was brutally murdered by protesters who were, unfortunately, angered by the circulated invalidated info and were fueled by controversial comments by Yoman and Koman. Unfortunately, there has not been much detailed coverage on the death tolls by those international media because mostly they were murdered by the group of West Papuans who were brutal and allegedly armed.
The detailed discussion about the death tolls, though, would have been massive if they were all West Papuans, especially if killed by Indonesian security forces.
As for your information, a valid source has confirmed that the disinformation and antagonization allegedly triggred by Socratez Yoman and Veronica Koman resulted in the burning of around 30 shops and 50 houses, and damaging 200 other houses and shops, 30 cars and 50 bikes during the violent riots. Most of the infrastructure targeted were government buildings in Wamena.
The current media spotlight about the unrest in West Papua is, in the end, deliberately designed. The violent unrest itself can be argued that it was to some extend also designed and purposefully fueled by fabricated info and provoked anger.
Even though mourning, Indonesians have worked hard on raising optimistic resolution on the West Papuan issues through genuine, multicultural talks and discussion. Unfortunately, while Indonesians all across ethnicities are grieving, the aforementioned international media hit is sought after by entities whose dream is that the Indonesian diverse community falls apart. (*)