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Jokowi orders action against racial abuse

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Bogor/Jakarta   /   Fri, August 23 2019   /  12:05 am
The aggrieved: Escorted by military personnel and police officers, Papuans demonstrate in front of the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday. Protesters called on the government to take seriously cases of physical and racial abuse against Papuan students by security personnel in Surabaya, East Java, on Saturday.(JP/Seto Wardhana)(JP/Seto Wardhana)

The aggrieved: Escorted by military personnel and police officers, Papuans demonstrate in front of the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday. Protesters called on the government to take seriously cases of physical and racial abuse against Papuan students by security personnel in Surabaya, East Java, on Saturday.(JP/Seto Wardhana)President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has spoken out against the racial abuse suffered by Papuan students while protests continued in the provinces amid a government-imposed internet blackout.“I have followed the developments in Papua and alhamdulillah [praise God], the situation has returned to normal,” he said at a press conference at Bogor Palace on Thursday. “I have also ordered the National Police chief to take stern, legal action against acts of racial and ethnic discrimination.”Jokowi added that he would invite public, cultural and religi...