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Jakarta Post

MUI, PGI condemn racist abuse of Papuans, appeal for peace

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 19, 2019   /  01:09 pm
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Smoke rises from the West Papua Council building in Manokwari on Monday as demonstrators set it on fire in protest at racist abuse of Papuan students in Surabaya.(Antara/Toyiban)

The Papua office of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI Papua) and the Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) have condemned the recent racist abuse of Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java, and have called on people to stop all racist behavior in the country. “End all racist behavior, attitudes, utterances and actions in Indonesia, as our country is a big country with various ethnicities, cultures and customs,” head of MUI Papua, Saiful Islam Al-Payege said in a release made available for The Jakarta Post on Monday. Read also: Papuan students on Java face increased pressures from Islamist, nationalist groups “MUI Papua encourages every DPRP [People Representatives Council] Papua member to visit and observe the condition of the students in Surabaya as DPRP Papua is the representative of the Papua people,” he said. Meanwhile, the general secretary of the...