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Protest disrupts Sorong airport

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, May 30, 2013   /  08:17 am

Operations at the Domine Eduard Osok Airport in Sorong, West Papua, were disrupted on Wednesday when locals staged a rally.

National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto said on Wednesday that the protest had forced the airport'€™s management to suspend some flights.

'€œAt 11 a.m. local time [9 a.m. Jakarta time], between 30 and 40 people staged a rally around the airport'€™s compound. The local police deployed personnel to monitor the protest,'€ he said at the National Police headquarters in Jakarta.

According to Agus, the protesters demanded compensation for land belonging to them that has been taken over by the airport.

'€œThe airport'€™s management is still discussing the settlement plan,'€ he said.

Sorong Airport, which opened in 2012, is one of the largest and busiest airports in the province.