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Jakarta Post

Riots in Jayapura as police shoot dead Papuan activist

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 15 2012   /  08:45 am

Death and destruction: Police officers are at the scene of a riot that broke out in Jayapura, Papua on Thursday following the killing of West Papua National Committee deputy chairman Mako Tabuni by police officers who had attempted to arrest him. Several shops and vehicles were burned in the incident. (Antara/Anang Budiono)Papuans ran amok in Jayapura on Thursday, setting dozens of vehicles and buildings ablaze after a prominent independence activist was shot dead by police while resisting arrest.

Speaking at the State Palace in Jakarta on Thursday, National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo said that Mako Tabuni, the deputy chairman of the National Committee for West Papua (KNPB), was killed after he grabbed a weapon from an officer attempting to arrest him and fled.

Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Bigman L. Tobing provided a similar account, claiming that police officers scuf...