Police on high alert ahead of Papuan separatist anniversary
Nethy Dharma Somba
The Jakarta Post
Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian has said more police would be out on patrol and approaching local religious figures in an attempt to maintain public order ahead of the Free Papuan Movement (OPM) anniversary, which falls in Dec. 1.
'We will carry out more patrols in areas such Puncak Jaya, Lanny, Jaya, Mamberamo Jaya, Puncak Jaya, Jayapura, Sarmi and Keerom to avoid unnecessary conflicts,' Tito said recently, as quoted by antara.com.
Tensions in the easternmost province are high as several shootings allegedly by OPM sympathizers have claimed the lives of police officers, soldiers and civilians.
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