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Appreciation for the Success of the Security Forces in Overthrowing KST Papua Officials

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By : Veronica Lokbere )*

Very high appreciation should be given to all security forces in Indonesia. The reason is, they succeeded in overthrowing the leaders of the Papuan Separatist and Terrorist Group (KST) in order to continue to maintain the integrity of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.

Another very extraordinary achievement was recorded by the security forces of the Republic of Indonesia (RI), the joint forces of the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI), the Indonesian National Police (Polri) and the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) have succeeded in overthrowing the Papuan KST battalion commander, namely Emepben Gwijangge.

It could even be said, with the fall of high-ranking officials from the separatist group, now KST Papua is starting to become inflamed. As it is known that Emepben Gwijangge is someone who is trusted to lead the battle. Emepben Gwijangge died after being involved in a shootout with security forces a few days ago.

For information, Emepben Gwijangge is the brother of Wisurul Gwijangge who is also one of the commanders of the KST Papua battalion, who was first overthrown by the security forces of the joint personnel during a gun battle in Mugiman on April 15 2023.

As reported on Monday, May 8 2023 yesterday, it was stated that currently KST Papua is being hit with uncertainty. The reason is that one by one the militant groups that they belong to have fallen at the hands of elite security forces from the TNI, Polri and BIN.

Tidak hanya berhasil menumbangkan komandan batalion dari KST Papua saja, kerja keras yang terus dilakukan oleh aparat keamanan demi bisa mengembalikan kedamaian di Bumi Cenderawasih juga terus terlihat secara nyata, karena juga terjadi penangkapan terhadap donatur yang telah menyumbangkan suplai persenjataan serta beberapa jaringannya.

Saat ini kondisi dari para gerombolan KST Papua diketahui sedang dilanda kepanikan dan mereka sampai merekayasa kematian dari 2 (dua) orang komandan batalionnya. Hal tersebut dilakukan oleh mereka untuk bisa meredam kepanikan dari seluruh anggotanya yang hingga saat ini masih terus bersiaga di dalam hutan.

Not only did they cover up or engineer the deaths of two of their top brass, they spread fake news that their troops were a strong force, continuing to spread the rumor that there were as many as 36 members of the security forces who they had succeeded in killing as a result of the deaths of 2 (two) people. the officials.

Lies also continued to be perpetrated by creating a narrative that it seemed as if the KST Papua had succeeded in taking all of the weapons equipment from the security forces of the joint personnel.

In fact, the facts on the ground are exactly the opposite, that security forces from the TNI, Polri and BIN have succeeded in overthrowing their top officials, arresting their donors and dismantling their network. Including the security forces managed to secure several groups suspected of being KST sympathizers and managed to secure as many as 20 firearms belonging to Egianus Kogoya’s troops.

Even though security forces have succeeded in overthrowing high-ranking officials from KST Papua, the struggle to continue to restore stability and peace to Cenderawasih Earth is still not over. Joint forces from the TNI, Polri and BIN are still on alert and carrying out sieges in several areas that are the target of operations, especially in areas that are very prone to clashes.

The annihilation of KST Papua should have been carried out totally. Therefore, the TNI must be fully involved through a direct command given by the TNI Commander, Admiral Yudo Margono. This command for all of these elements should indeed be feasible because with this in place, the efforts and involvement of the security forces in eradicating KST Papua can be carried out more optimally, including without denying the important role of the National Police through Brimob and Special Detachment (Densus) 88.

It is clear that the existence of KST in the Land of Papua is a very real threat to national integrity and stability. Therefore, it is only natural that a really maximum resistance is also carried out to be able to face these terrorist groups.

With the KST Papua officials being overthrown by the security forces, their struggle and real work has clearly had an impact and fresh air for all Indonesian people, especially in Cenderawasih Earth itself. For this reason, a very high appreciation should be given for how hard the non-stop work continues to be carried out by the security forces in order to protect the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.

)* The author is a Papuan student living in Yogyakarta

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