Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina - Report no. 130

 

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CRISIS CENTRE DIOCESE OF AMBOINA
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Ambon, January 25, 2001

THE SITUATION IN AMBON / MOLUCCAS - Report no. 130  

  1. HATUALANG ATTACKED - In the early morning of January 24, about 500 muslim warriors attacked the hamlet of Hatualang, part of the village of Alang Asaude, not far from the little town of Piru at the western end of the island of Ceram. The attackers arrived at the shore on two motorboats. They outnumbered the locally stationed military security forces of Battalion Yonif 731/Kabaressy. Infantery sergeant Yusman, while guiding the civilians to safer location was shot by the attackers. There is no mentioning yet about any other casualties, neither is there any information available on the amount of damage to the houses of the residents. Both places, Hatualang and Alang Asaude, were earlier attacked last August. On that occasion almost all of the houses and also the church were burned down. It is supposed that the attackers are the same group that launhed an attack on Wahai and burned more than sixty houses there last week.

    Taniwel - West Seram
     
  2. FOLLOW-UP OF ARRESTMENT OFFICERS - One of the officers that were recently arrested at the Wijaya II hotel (see Report 128 no. 2) was police officer commissioner Abdi Darma Sitepu. He had arrived in Ambon the day before and was to be installed as a Police Brimob Commander. Before reporting to his superiors, he had checked in in the same hotel. Police Chief Commander Firman Gani regarded this as just bad luck for him, and said he was obviously innocent. However this clarification evoked bewilderment among christians, who demand that he should be tried in the same way as the others and should not impulsively be called innocent; in fact it is rather unconceivable that if innocent he would take lodgings in a hotel in the midst of an area where turmoil is going on.

 

C.J.Böhm MSc,
Secretary of Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina


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