He added that strict health protocols will be enforced, such as temperature checks, washing hands, social distancing of one meter between congregants and urging the faithful to bring their own prayer mats.
Police in Papua Deny Insurgent Claims That Schoolteachers Are Informants
The Papuan Regional Police has strongly denied claims by insurgents or Armed Criminal Groups [KKB] that one of the schoolteachers that the latter shot dead in Puncak regency’s Beoga district was an informant for Indonesian police or military forces.
“The two schoolteachers that the KKB executed are not informants,” the Antara state news agency quoted Papua Regional Police chief Inspector General Mathius D. Fakhiri as saying.
“They are educators who play a vital role in educating young Papuans, especially in inland areas, to prepare them to be Papua’s future. [The KKB’s] should not attempt to justify their actions, as doing so reflects their lack of conscience.”
Fakhiri added that Papuans in inland areas like Beoga owe much to teachers, medical workers and humanitarian workers, as they gave up modern-day amenities to volunteer and serve the locals.
“Skilled people like teachers and medical workers are very important, as they teach [the local people] indispensable skills. There are very few teachers who are willing to go to [rough] areas [like Beoga],” he maintained.