Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Government stating the obvious

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - National Intelligence Agency (BIN) Chief Syamsir Siregar said here Monday a small group of people not belonging to Islamic nor Christian communities in Poso, Central Sulawesi, had been trying to keep on sowing terror in the region.

Yes, we know that. Local Muslims and Christians want peace and harmony.

The small radical group wanted to continue committing acts designed to create unrest in the region`s community, Siregar said after attending a function to mark the 78th anniversary of Youth Pledge Day at the vice presidential office here. Until now, the group was still in Poso and they had bombs and many other fire arms used in the killing of a Protestant priest by masked men two weeks ago, he said.

Yes we know that too. The photo below shows some of the homemade guns, weapons and bombs that have been confiscated from Polewali. And again, like in my report last month, notice the book at the front of the table. Revolusi Iran. Propaganda from Iran, that lovely anti-Western, anti-Christian, anti-Semetic, infidel killing, terrorist supporting, civilian oppressing government of the Mullahs and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And who do suppose is reading this material? Christians?

Another church minister, Susianti Tinulele, was shot to death by masked men when she was leading a church service in Poso in July 2004 while two school girls were killed and mutilated by unidentified men in Poso in 2005.

There were three girls beheaded and one escaped with a deep wound to the side of the head. Fact checking is impor
tant in good reporting.

Central Sulawesi Governor Paliuju who also attended the Youth Pledge Day function confirmed the existence of small armed groups in Poso, saying this had become evident when policemen on search operations sometimes heard shots they did not fire.The governor, however, could not name the terror groups but said the government would set up an independent fact-finding team to investigate the bloody crimes in Poso. The team, he said, would comprise policemen, the military and local residents. He said the government would not increase the number of security personnel in Poso.

Meanwhile, about a thousand Poso residents staged a demonstration outside the Provincial Legislative Assembly building in Palu, capital of Central Sulawesi, on Monday, urging the government to withdraw all Mobile Brigade police personnel from Poso. The demonstrators who had first gathered at the Baitul Rahman mosque and then marched to the provincial legislature said the presence of Mobile Brigade personnel in Poso had led to conflicts, rather than creating peace. They said Mobile Brigade policemen fired at people arbitrarily in the Gebangrejo area in Poso on the eve of the Idul Fitri on October 22. They asked the government to set up a fact finding team to look into the conflict which had killed a number of people and injured many others.

Why are they protesting? Brimob are looking for weapons and trying to catch the terrorists. Don't they want peace? The police were attacked by a mob of 300 militants with guns, molotov cocktails, rocks and fire bombs and responded to defend themselves. Guns and fire bombs. Hmmm. Weapons the police were searching for. Pretty obvious that members of the mob were probably amongst the ones that police were looking for and that these protestors are militants or supporters of the militants. And who were leading the protests? Adnan Arsal of the Poso Islamic Struggle Brotherhood and Sugiyanto Kaimudin of the Islamic Defenders Front, both militant paramilitary organizations with terrorist links to Jemaah Islamiyah and Al-Qaeda. Gee, do you think they may have a reason for wanting Brimob to stop weapon searches and the search for the killers of two Christian pastors and three Christian high school girls as well as many Christians killed by bombs recently?

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