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One feared dead after Papuan student dormitory attack in Jayapura

  • Benny Mawel and Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jayapura/Jakarta   /   Sun, September 1, 2019   /  07:33 pm
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A resident looks at a burned building, the Papua Customs Office, in Jayapura on Aug. 30. An angry mob burned the building in a protest that ended up in a clash between indigenous Papuans and nonindigenous residents on Aug. 29.(Antara/Indrayadi TH)

A Papuan university student is feared dead after a group of nonindigenous Papuans attacked the Nayak student dormitory in Abepura district, Jayapura, Papua in the early hours of Sunday.  “It’s true, the students at the Nayak dormitory were attacked this morning,” said Yulianus Dabimabel, a Jayapura resident whose younger sibling stays in the dorm. A video making the rounds on social media shows a group of nonindigenous Papuans making their way toward the Nayak dormitory, accompanied by some police officers. In the video, the nonindigenous Papuans can be seen throwing rocks and firecrackers at the dormitory.  The group, who reportedly call themselves Masyarakat Nusantara (Archipelago Community), was also thought to be involved in violence against indigenous Papuan protesters in Jayapura on Friday. Linus Pabika, one of the students who lived in the d...