Wednesday, August 21, 2019

West Papua Protests Continue Despite Claims From Indonesian Police That They Have Regained Control

ABC News Online: West Papua protests continue despite Indonesian police claiming to have regained control

Indonesian police say they have regained control of West Papua after sending close to 1,000 extra officers to the province, which erupted into destructive turmoil days ago.

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Papua and West Papua in the past few days, torching tyres and government buildings as well as damaging an airport in Indonesia's easternmost territory.

The protests were believed to have been sparked by racist comments made towards Papuan students in Surabaya over allegations of a damaged flagpole over the weekend.

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More News On The Unrest In West Papua

Indonesia deploys more troops as Papua hit by fresh unrest -- AFP
Indonesia deploys troops to West Papua as protests spread -- Al Jazeera
Papua unrest: Indonesia police fire tear gas amid protests -- BBC
Explained: what has led to the violent riots in Indonesia’s Papua? -- Amy Chew, SCMP

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