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Govt gets to grips with Papua

  • Benny Mawel and Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jayapura and Jakarta   /   Sat, August 31, 2019   /  08:58 am
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Thousands of people in Dogiyai regency in Papua rally against racism and demand referendum on Aug. 26. (Handout/-)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration is scrambling to end two-week long unrest in Papua and West Papua as rival groups of protesters have begun to clash on the streets of Jayapura. Residents, many of whom are believed to be nonindigenous Papuans, took action on Friday against Papuan protesters who, the former claimed, had rioted and vandalized the main roads and facilities connecting Abepura and Entrop districts with the city center, during anti-Jakarta rallies in the city. A string of protests broke out in cities and regencies in the provinces following physical and racial abuse against Papuan students by security personnel in Surabaya, East Java on Aug. 16. Jokowi held a Cabinet meeting on Friday night to address the crisis, after Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto held a dialogue in Jakarta earlier that day with se...