Fri. Nov 15th, 2019

Fresh Papua protests erupt over student arrests

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Protests around Indonesia’s Papua province have continued as extra police officers and military were sent in to put down the unrest. In Timika, video shows protesters holding banners and shouting ‘we are not monkeys’ as they march down the streets. Protesters were also reported to have thrown rocks at a parliament building, houses, shops and a hotel. While a separatist movement has simmered for decades in Papua, with frequent complaints of rights abuses by Indonesian security forces, the recent anger appears to be linked to racist slurs against Papuan students who were detained last week. Papuan students were detained in the East Java city of Surabaya over accusations they had disrespected the Indonesian flag during  Independence Day celebrations on Saturday.