Analysis – By Warren Doull*
The recent massacre in Paniai, Papua, has moved Indonesia further away from a “Papua Solution”. Five protesters were killed when a combined force of Indonesian police and military opened fire on unarmed demonstrators on December 8.
There are fears that the Jokowi government is emulating the same approach to the military that his party chief, former president Megawati, adopted in 2001-2004. In any case, Jokowi faces a series of dangerous scenarios, with a military that in the past was not above murdering its detractors.
The Megawati approach involves treating military hardliners like spoiled children because they can create huge problems if a civilian president tries to assert authority over them. But giving the military a free reign also has its share of problems. Read more »