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Jakarta Post

11 arrested as stones fly in Manokwari protest

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Wed, October 24 2012   /  10:35 am

Police clashed with protestors after a rally held by the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in Manokwari, West Papua, turned violent.

Papua Police Spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. I Gede Sumerta said tension surfaced when protestors started to attack police officers, who were safeguarding the rally, by hurling stones.

The clash between both sides became unavoidable as officers fired into the air to disperse protestors.

“We forcibly dispersed the rally and arrested 11 people for allegedly provoking the clash and stone-throwing,” said Sumerta on Tuesday.

Around 100 protestors initially intended to participate in a long march from Jl. Gunung Salju Amban to Borarsi Field at Manokwari, but they did not make it to the field as the police blockaded their way. They later ended up delivering some speeches in front of the Papua State University of Manokwari.