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Jakarta Post

No peace without talks in Papua

  • Neles Tebay

Jayapura   /   Wed, November 2 2011   /  08:48 am

Violence is escalating in the country’s easternmost province of Papua. The whole month of October has been characterized by a series of violence.

Blood began to be shed in Timika, the nearest town to the US gold and copper mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia on Oct. 10, when a company worker, Petrus Ayemiseba, was shot dead as police fired warning shots to prevent protesting workers from entering a terminal at the company’s site.

On Oct. 19, police and troops forcefully dispersed participants of the third Papuan People’s Congress in Jayapura after the latter declared the formation of an independent state and hoisted the outlawed Morning Star flag.

The police reportedly fired warning shots to break up the assembly, prompting numerous participants to flee into the hills. The day after at least three bodies were found near the area where the congress was held. <...