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Thousands rally in Deiyai over fatal shooting
Jakarta Post - August 21, 2017
They also want contractor firm PT Putra Dewa Paniai and the police's Mobile Brigade (Brimob) personnel to be forced out from the Mee Pago indigenous area.
Yulianus Pigai, 28, was found dead with several gunshot wounds when Brimob personnel tried to disperse a crowd that had destroyed the construction camp of the firm in Tigi district, Deiyai regency, on Aug. 1.
"Thousands of people marched to the Deiyai Legislative Council over the incident on Aug. 1," Catholic priest Santon Tekege told The Jakarta Post.
During the rally, the demonstrators also performed traditional dances while others carried signs and banners slamming the incident.
They also called on the Papua Police to remove all Brimob personnel from the Mee Pago indigenous area, which covers Nabire, Paniai, Deiyai, Dogiyai and Intan Jaya regencies.
Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar has dismissed Tigi Police chief First. Insp. Maing Raini and replaced him with First Insp. Ferry Mervin Mehue. A number of Brimob personnel have also been investigated over the fatal shooting.
Rallies protesting the shooting also took place in Jakarta, Bandung and Gorontalo. (bbs)
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