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Jakarta Post

Papuans continue protests, demand justice against racist abusers

  • Benny Mawel

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Mon, August 26, 2019   /  06:51 pm
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Some 7,000 people from four regencies in Papua march along the street in Wamena, dancing and chanting “Papua Merdeka” (Free Papua), on Monday. They demanded the government immediately prosecute people committing racial abuse against Papuans. (JP/Courtesy of Bonny Lanny)

Peaceful demonstrations continued in Papua on Monday with thousands of people from four regencies, namely Yahukimo, Lanny Jaya, Tolikara and Nduga, gathering in Wamena, the capital of Jayawijaya regency to demand the government immediately prosecute people who commit racial abuse against Papuans. The protests were coordinated under the Papua Customary Council. "Other protesters gathered in Madi, the regency capital of Paniai. We also staged other protests in Deiyai and Dogiyai regencies," Catholic priest Santon Tekege told The Jakarta Post over the phone on Monday. Indigenous community members gather in Paniai regency in Papua to protest against racial abuse against Papuans on Monday. (JP/Courtesy of Dominikus Surabut) Santon added that thousands of protesters in several areas marched along the street, dancing and chanting “Papua Merdeka” (Free Papua). ...