Affrontements xénophobes à Tarakan – septembre 2010

Conflict in Tarakan displaces 32,000 people

Jakarta Post

Date: 29 Sep 2010

About 32,000 have been displaced by days of ethnic conflict in the Eask Kalimantan city of Tarakan.

The refugees are being sheltered at police and military facilities as well as school buildings across the city, a security officer said on Wednesday.

One of the displaced people, Rini, said she and her family sought shelter at the Tarakan police headquarters for safety reasons. « We feel secure here rather than staying at home, » she said as quoted by kompas.com.

Earlier in the day, Mayor Udin Hianggio visited the displaced people in a number of refugee centers to appease them.

« Please be patient. I, the police chief, security authorities and the governor will solve the problem as soon as possible so that peace and order can be restored, » he told the refugees.

At least three people have been killed in the clashes between indigenous Dayak ethnic group and Bugis migrants, which erupted on Sunday night.

5 die with no end in sight in Tarakan ethnic clashes

The Jakarta Post/

Thu, 09/30/2010

Ethnic clashes continued to flare up in Tarakan, East Kalimantan, on Wednesday, killing five people and injuring six since they first erupted on Sunday.

The incident, with rival groups setting several houses and shops ablaze, allegedly started after a man from the native Tarakan tribe of Tidung died after being assaulted by a group of ethnic Bugis men from Sulawesi.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono instructed officials to swiftly resolve the situation to prevent a repeat of the 2001 ethnic clashes in Sampit, Central Kalimantan, between Dayak natives and ethnic Madurese, which claimed many lives. “I hope we don’t have a repeat of [the Sampit incident]. All officials must go to the scene and take strong steps” to resolve the situation, Yudhoyono was quoted as saying at his office Wednesday by Antara news agency.

The situation in Tarakan, located two hours by air from provincial capital Balikpapan, remains tense, with most schools and offices as well as markets and shopping malls closed.

Several main roads were deserted, while one of the rival groups has blocked access to the airport and seaport since Tuesday morning, when the clashes flared up and quickly spread up to other parts of the city.

“We’re being told not to leave our houses. I’ve been inside with my family since Monday,” Dina Yusnita, a resident of Sebengkok in Tarakan, said.

Another resident, Nanda, said the fresh clashes on Tuesday took place in the outskirts of the city.
“By [Wednesday] morning the fighting had spread to Selimut Dalam, closer to the city center,” he told Antara.

Many residents have fled to safety, seeking shelter at police and military stations while some have left town.

Nurdin Ali, a South Sulawesi native who has lived in Tarakan for 30 years, took all 13 members of his family back home to Makassar because of the incident.

The fish farmer said he returned home fearing for the safety of his family. “The situation is scary. Tempers are running high, there is no longer a sense of brotherhood,” he said at Makassar’s Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport on Wednesday.

National Police chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri said two battalions, one each from the police Mobile Brigade and the Indonesian Military (TNI), have been deployed to Tarakan.

“We will work with community leaders to ensure that people aren’t on edge,” Bambang said at the House of Representatives in Jakarta on Wednesday, adding that the riot had broken out over a trivial event — an act of bullying.

“We do not need any more violence.”

East Kalimantan Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Antonius Wisnu Sutirta said police were working with community leaders in Tarakan to prevent the clashes from spreading further.

He identified the five killed as Abdullah Salim, who passed away on Sunday night, Musyidul Armin and Bugut, who died on Tuesday night, and Iwan and Syamsul, who died Wednesday morning. Six others were injured in the clashes, suffering slash wounds to their hands and legs.

East Kalimantan Governor Awang Faroek Ishak, who arrived in Tarakan to speak with community leaders, said the clashes were not related to inter-ethnic rivalries. “This is fueled purely by criminal motives,” he told Antara.

Indonesia Police Deploy Unit to Tarakan After Ethnic Riot

thejakartaglobe.com

Anita Rachman | September 29, 2010

Jakarta. Following a deadly riot that resulted in a man’s death, National Police Chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri said that he had already sent officers from the Mobile Brigade or Brimob unit to secure Tarakan, East Kalimantan.

“At 3 a.m., we deployed officers from the Brimob Headquarters in Kelapa Dua [Depok] and have reported the latest development to the president,” Bambang said at the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

The situation in Tarakan remains tense after a riot broke out between the local ethnic groups of Tidung and Bugis. All the police would say is that the riot, which resulted in the death of a 50-year-old man named Abdullah, revolved around an extortion attempt. A group of men also burned down the house of the man they identified as the alleged murderer.

Bambang said that the police was doing everything they could to stop the violence. “We have also gotten assistance from the military to secure the area and we have met with local figures and ethnic leaders from both sides to stop the violence,” he said.

“We are evacuating people and taking preventive measures to stop violence from reoccurring. I ask everyone not to be provoked,” he added.

S Widjanarko, a military spokesman, confirmed the evacuation.

“People are taking shelter at military bases around Tarakan,” Widjanarjko said.

“In evacuating the locals, the military is not taking sides. We are only trying to give people a sense of security and the local police has requested that we help in securing the area to prevent the conflict from getting bigger,” he added.

South Sulawesi Governor Syahrul Yasin Limpo called out to Bugis ethnic in East Kalimantan, especially in Tarakan, to keep their feelings in check.

“I hope the tension in Tarakan will decrease and the conflict will not get bigger. I ask the Bugis people in Tarakan to control your emotions and not be provoked. Please be safe,” Limpo said on Tuesday night.

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Tarakan est une ville d’Indonésie dans la province de Kalimantan oriental, située dans l’île du même nom, près de la côte orientale de Bornéo.

Tarakan a le statut de kota.

~ par Alain Bertho sur 30 septembre 2010.

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