Indonesian military says some victims burned to death in buildings set ablaze by protesters in Wamena city, and the death toll could go up "because many were trapped in burning kiosks."
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.
The construction workers were shot dead by separatist rebels in Indonesia’s Papua province, marking the region’s deadliest bout of violence in years.
Mob in West Papua province mass slaughter 292 crocs, ranging from palm-sized babies to two-metre adults, at a wildlife sanctuary in retaliation for a villager reportedly killed by one of the reptiles, officials say.
Officials say Russian tourist Sergey Lykhvar has been found dead in Raja Ampat islands of West Papua
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