The Indonesian government needs to address the root of West Papuan grievances and find a path to reconciliation.
Jakarta police say some 519 "rioters from yesterday's demonstration" were detained following protests against controversial plans to revise criminal code and several other issues.
An angry mob torched local government buildings, shops and homes and set fire to cars and motorbikes in Papua province's Wamena city in a protest by hundreds of people sparked by rumors that a teacher insulted an indigenous student.
A spate of anti-racism protests has reinvigorated calls for political self-determination in West Papua, a region colonised by Indonesia for over half a century.
Indonesia opposes Papuan independence and its military has been accused of ruthlessly eliminating the separatist movement’s leaders in the past. It maintains that the 1969 referendum was binding and legitimate.
Jakarta calls for calm in its easternmost territory –– where insurgency against Indonesian rule has simmered for decades –– following riots triggered by detention of dozens of Papuan students in Java at weekend.
More than 190 million Indonesians voted, with a record 245,000 candidates running for public office, in the world's third-biggest democracy, from the presidency and parliamentary seats to local positions.
The construction workers were shot dead by separatist rebels in Indonesia’s Papua province, marking the region’s deadliest bout of violence in years.
Local health officials say another eight hundred children are sick. The Indonesian government is blamed for neglecting of the remote island, which was controversially annexed in 1962.
Rescuers rushed to the scene following the incident and removed bodies of victims.
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