West Papua governor’s residence attacked

The Jakarta Post [website]
Saturday, June 5, 2010

A group of people attacked West Papua governor residence early Saturday, in a reported protest over a traffic accident, news portal kompas.com reported.

Around 20 people stormed through the gates and damaged flower pots and a parked car at Governor Abraham O Atururi’s private residence.

The group accused a governor’s guest have injured 60-year-old Agustina Rumbiak, who sells gasoline at her house just across the governor’s residence, in a car crash earlier in the day.

Rumbiak was in a coma and was treated at Manokwari Hospital.  The victim’s family demanded a fine of Rp 1 billion (US$109,000) be paid according to a local traditional law.

Papua Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Wachyono told kompas.com that the car driver Robin Namsa (24), was allegedly drunk during theincident.

The police have deployed personnel to secure the area and compose the angry people.