Horrific footage has been shared online by a human rights activist which communicates to show a man being tortured by Indonesian police by locking him into a cell with a live, two-meter-long snake while taunting and laughing at him.
Police in Indonesia’s easternmost Papua region whined, but also claimed that the snake wasn’t poisonous and they spared the suspected thief a physical beating. From the movie, the man screams in fear a voice can be seen threatening to put the snake to trousers and the defendant’s mouth along with as his interrogator laughs.
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Human rights lawyer Veronica Koman shared the footage stating it was indicative of a tradition of racism against indigenous Papuans in Indonesia. One of the interrogators could be viewed pushing against the brown snake’s head into the man’s face as he weeps and cries hysterically\.
“We’ve taken stern action against the personnel,” police chief Tonny Ananda Swadaya allegedly stated in a statement. Swadaya added the officials sent for additional ethics training, moved to other locations, and had been disciplined.
Sam Lokon, a part of the West Papua National Committee, allegedly faced similar interrogation methods after being beaten following his arrest in January.
Papuan separatists have battled since the 60s for liberty following annexation of their resource-rich border regions of the country from Indonesia in 1969.
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