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(en) Papua Indonesian police ban anarchist protests after protests By ANA (pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 18 Sep 2019 08:18:33 +0300

On Monday, September 2, police from the Papua region of Indonesia banned demonstrations that could lead to "anarchist acts," following nearly two weeks of major protests in the far west of the Southeast Asian archipelago. ---- The order came after police on Saturday said dozens of people had been arrested for connection with the uprising in the region's capital. ---- "Everyone is prohibited from continuing demonstrations and expressing public opinion that could cause an increase in anarchist acts, damage, and fires on public property," as well as clashes between groups, says text posted on the Twitter Twitter. ---- The impoverished Papua region has been the scene of a small insurgency against Indonesian rule for decades.
The Indonesian government previously said it would send approximately 2,500 more police and troops to Papua, adding about 1,200 officials who had already been sent after the unrest sparked by anger over racism and cries for independence.

On Thursday, more than 1,000 protesters hurled stones and set fire to shops and a building in Jayapura provincial capital.

This came a day after a bloody conflict in another part of the island region, which borders independent Papua New Guinea.

"I will not allow any further demonstration and if anyone dares to try to do any, they will face a heavy reaction," says Regional Police Chief Rudolf Rodja in a separate post in the Twitter feed on Monday.

Among other provisions, the police order also prohibited the act of spreading fake news and carrying sharp weapons.

Police said on Sunday they had arrested several dozen people who took part in the riots and charged 28 of them for looting and carrying guns.

"They are now in jail awaiting further investigations," said Papua police spokesman Ahmad Kamal.

Two students were also arrested in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, over the weekend, alleging that they committed crimes against state security, including possession of garments with the banned image of the Papua flag.

This week, violence erupted in remote Deiyai, where clashes broke out between protesters and Indonesian police forces, at least one soldier and two protesters were killed, officials said.

There are reports, not yet confirmed, that police forces shot six protesters.

The unrest that has engulfed Papua seems to have triggered the arrest in mid-August of dozens of Papuan students in Java who also suffered racial injuries.

In the 1960s, Jakarta took control of the former Dutch colony after an independence referendum, widely seen as a scam.


Translation> Each stroke / is a piece of nerve / with the vehemence / of a barbaric heart

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