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Papuan villagers join second wave of protests, demand referendum

  • Victor Mambor

    The Jakarta Post

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Melbourne   /   Wed, August 28, 2019   /  10:15 am
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Thousands of people in Dogiyai regency in Papua rally against racism and demand a referendum on Aug. 26. (Handout/-)

This week saw a second wave of protests against racism erupt in Papuan regencies, this time with thousands of villagers donning customary attire and joining their urban counterparts to fill the streets chanting words brimming with Papuan pride. Many shouted “Freedom!” while some demanded a referendum on self-determination. A video, verified by locals contacted by The Jakarta Post, showed hundreds of residents from several kampung in Papua province pour into a street in downtown Waghete in Deiyai regency. Carrying bows and arrows, they yelled victory chants usually heard during the waita dance, which marks victory in wars or other achievements. Protests also happened on Monday in Dogiyai and Paniai regencies, which are located in the Mee Pago customary territory. In another video, also confirmed by locals contacted by the Post, thousands of people, some carrying bows and...