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Jokowi asks people to ‘forgive each other’ following anger over racism against Papuans

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Protesters take to the street to face off with police in Manokwari, Papua, on Monday. (AFP/Str)
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Jayapura/Jakarta   ●   Tue, August 20, 2019

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is calling on all Indonesians to remain calm and “forgive each other” following a wave of protests over racist abuse against Papuan students swept across several cities in Indonesia’s easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua on Monday.

“Fellow citizens, pace [brothers], mace [sisters] and mama-mama [mothers] in Papua and West Papua, I know that there are some grievances. As fellow citizens, it is important to forgive each other,” said Jokowi at Merdeka Palace on Monday, addressing the Papuans in the local dialect. “It is better to forgive and be patient.”

Jokowi, who has visited Papua more times than any previous president, said the government would continue to maintain the “dignity and prosperity of pace, mace and mama-mama” in Papua and West Papua.

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