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Racial abuse sparks riots in Papua

  • Benny Mawel, Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura/Jakarta   /   Tue, August 20 2019   /  12:06 am
Boiling over: Protesters take to the streets to face off with police in Manokwari, West Papua, on Monday. Riots broke out in Papua and West Papua. The West Papua Regional Legislative Council building was torched as thousands protested allegations that police tear-gassed and arrested students who supported calls for the restive region’s independence.(STR /AFP)(STR /AFP)

Boiling over: Protesters take to the streets to face off with police in Manokwari, West Papua, on Monday. Riots broke out in Papua and West Papua. The West Papua Regional Legislative Council building was torched as thousands protested allegations that police tear-gassed and arrested students who supported calls for the restive region’s independence.(STR /AFP)A wave of protests over racial abuse against Papuan students swept across several cities in Indonesia’s easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua on Monday, with the largest crowds gathering in Jayapura.More than 10,000 people in the city took to the streets over the incident as they marched to the Papua gubernatorial office and the West Papua Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) building.“We will not accept our children being called monkeys,” Henny Mambrasar, a 56-year-old mother, told a crowd of protesters. “We refuse ...