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Papua riots: Long-running protest with no solution

Makassar, South Sulawesi   /   Fri, August 23, 2019   /  10:29 am
Papua riots: Long-running protest with no solution Protesters take to the street to face off with Indonesian police in Manokwari, Papua on August 19, 2019. (AFP/Str)

The West Papuan capital of Manokwari kicked off on Monday the public protests in Papua as a response to racial abuse in Malang and Surabaya on Aug. 16 and 17. Accordingly, the Papuans started burning the provincial legislative council building down. Shortly after the riot, the indigenous people in Jayapura, the capital of neighboring Papua, held a long march to the governor’s office for another show of protest. Based on our team field report, three issues were raised during the series of events: structural marginalization in the economy, politics and environment; discrimination in the form of racial abuse; and a referendum as an alternative to address the first and second issues. The same tone of demonstrations also raised occurred in Bintuni, Serui, Yapen, Biak, Kaimana, Nabire and Merauke. Small-scale riots erupted in Manokwari, Sorong, Teminabuan, Timika and Fakfak. Acc...

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