JAKARTA — Amnesty International Indonesia demands that the Central Government and the Central Java Provincial Government resolve the problem in Wadas Village, Purworejo without causing any casualties. Amnesty International Indonesia Executive Director Usman Hamid believes that President Joko Widodo and the Governor of Central Java, Ganjar Pranowo, must be held responsible for the incident in Wadas Village. “Certainly President Jokowi and Governor Ganjar must be held accountable for the excessive deployment of troops and their repercussions that violate the principles of the rule of law and respect for human rights,” said Usman Hamid, in a virtual press conference regarding the fate of Wadas residents on Thursday (10/2/2022).
Usman criticized the move to deploy the joint TNI-Polri troops to Wadas Village. Usman considered this action unnecessary. Moreover, the power that was revealed to Wadas Village seemed to want to start a ‘war’. “The policy of the strength of the security forces to Wadas Village is very excessive, judging from the number of units in uniform and not in uniform, including the type of vehicle used,” said Usman. In addition, Usman admitted that there were no shootings by the police. However, he emphasized that violence has not disappeared from Wadas Village and its surroundings. What’s more, the police are still on guard there. “It is true that there were no shootings from the apparatus, but it is not true to say that there was no violence from the apparatus,” said Usman.
Usman also corrected the police statement regarding their presence there at the request of the residents in order to prevent horizontal conflicts. He said the police presence was actually intended to maintain the security of BPN officers who wanted to carry out land surveys. “The addition of troops was aimed at securing the residents, including assistants from legal aid workers such as LBH Yogyakarta or other assistants SP Kinasih, and among artists, with one pretext that their attitude of assistance was considered to have hindered the government’s project,” said Usman.
Therefore, Usman also corrected the statement of the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs (Polhukam) Mahfud MD, who claimed that the police action in Wadas was procedural and measurable. “It is difficult to hold on to the explanation of the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs that the police have acted procedurally to ensure public safety because what is guaranteed is from state officials who came to the location,” said Usman.