The clashes in Ambon Not Because Old Wounds

The clashes in Ambon Not Because Old Wounds

Ambon : Indonesia | Sep 14, 2011 at 11:59 PM PDT
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Mass clashes in Ambon, Sunday, September 11, 2011, leaving a deep sorrow. Houses were burned, some residents were killed and wounded and thousands of people are now displaced.

Maluku Governor Karel Albert Rahalu states, the death toll from clashes that 6 people, 31 people were seriously injured and slightly injured 139 people.

According to data received by the Social Service Maluku + seconds, the number of refugees around 4298 or 977 heads of households (HH). Of that amount, as many as 182 families or 708 people had taken refuge in the Elementary School Silale. Then as many as 101 families or 464 people at Wisma Gonjalo, 95 families or 457 people in Lantamal Halong. The remaining 71 families or 255 people displaced in the studio learning activities Mardika.

The clash was triggered death of a motorcycle taxi driver Darfin Saimen. Residents Waihaong, Nusaniwe district, Ambon was killed the night before.

Darfin killed after crashing into trees and houses after the escort of a passenger. Version of the police, ride a bike from the direction Darfin TVRI, Miss Mount, heading toward the fortress.

But as it passes in the vicinity of the dump, Darfin lost control and crashed into a tree gadihu. After that he ran into the house of a citizen named Okto on site. As a result of the accident, life Darfin can not be helped. He breathed his last before reaching the hospital.

Initially, families and residents find shelter Darfin Darfin experienced misfortune is pure accident. But when he saw the bodies there Darfin stab wounds in the back and visible injuries all over his body jet casualties, residents were suspicious. They suspect killed Darfin killed, not by accident.

I wonder who started it, then spread rumors among residents Darfin residence. Moreover, the then outstanding short messages via mobile Darfin which mentions that the death was not an accident alone. But he died because of persecution which then flavored certain invitations.

Consequently, hundreds of people attended the funeral Darfin in Mangga Dua Muslim cemetery on Sunday. After attending the funeral mass immediately angry and stopped and pelted passing vehicles in the region.

Action of throwing and destruction that later developed into riots after the action of backlash from other groups.

Officials at the location can not do much because the masses outnumbered by attacking the action involved. Not only that, sentaja brawl with various sharp and cocktails is also spread to other areas, such as the region Waringin, Wainitu, Batu Merah, Mardika, Ayepati and a number of other areas in the city of Ambon.

"But the current situation has improved. No more mass concentration and blocking. The refugees also we hope to be repatriated to their homes. While the burning house we hope can be rectified immediately," explains Chairman of the Synod of the Protestant Church of Maluku Jhon Ruhulesin to + sec.

John explains, disputes between residents triggered the suspicion of one group against group mass other mass-related deaths Darfin. From there then outstanding issue to do with it so that sparked a mass group of other angry.

To reconcile the situation, John asked law enforcement agencies take steps provocateurs action against the perpetrators and the criminal offender. In addition officers are also required to take reasonable precautions at the grass roots so they do not easily fall for the misleading news.

"Essentially the entire community must trust each other. Do not be suspicious of each other so that actions like this (clashes) are no longer repeated," said John, who admitted that he had met with a number of traditional leaders, religious, youth, and community leaders in Ambon Manise ground.

While the Secretary General of The Muslim Forum (FUI) Muhammad al Its members, said Muslims in Ambon hope the police immediately investigate the death of Darfin Saimen are considered odd. Police urged to expose the true cause of death.

If indeed there is an element of persecution and murder of Darfin, the police must immediately investigate and arrest perpetrators. For according to information received by the Crisis Center FUI to Ambon, the wounds were found in the body Darfin synonymous with abuse injuries. "Moreover, there is a puncture scar on his back. We have the pictures," said Its members.

Contrast Coordinator Haris Azhar also received preliminary information clash happened because the community especially the families Darfin not trust with the police. The police considered the incident to cover up the actual facts, that is about the wounds suffered by Darfin suspicious and not due to motorcycle accidents.

So, the argument that the public incensed because the 'old wounds' of conflict of 1991-2002 SARA considered less appropriate.

"If it was considered old wounds as the cause, then the conclusion is the remnant of the old conflict is the loss of professionalism in serving the people of the state apparatus. The case of the death of a motorcycle taxi driver to trigger (trigger)," he said.

Police Headquarters until recently continued to track the sender of the SMS provoked clashes in Ambon. From the results of investigations known to the SMS that was sent also to cities in Java. "Originally from Ambon, the start of Ambon sent to Surabaya to Solo sent to some areas," said Pol Sutarman Kabareskrim Komjen at Police Headquarters.

namakuimut is based in Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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