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Jakarta Post

They protest over Papua, now police arrest them for treason

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana and Ardilla Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, September 1, 2019   /  01:38 pm
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Defiance: A member of the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) holds a Bintang Kejora (Morning Star) flag as he stands in front of dozens of police officers during a rally at the State Palace, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday. During the rally, AMP members protested against racism, urged the government to unblock internet access in Papua and West Papua and demanded a referendum on Papuan independence.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Seven Papuan students and Indonesian People’s Front for West Papua (FRI-West Papua) spokesperson Surya Anta were arrested by the Jakarta Police on Friday and Saturday and are currently being detained at the National Police's Mobile Brigade (Mako Brimob) detention center in Depok, West Java. Jakarta Legal Aid Society (LBH Jakarta) lawyer Nelson Simamora, who is representing those detained, identified the seven students to The Jakarta Post as Carles Kossay, Dano Tabuni, Ambrosius Mulait, Isay Wenda, Naliana Wasiangge, Wenebita Wasiangge and Norince Kogoya. The first students arrested, Carles and Dano, were detained on Friday night at a Papuan student dorm in Depok.  Ambrosius and Isay were arrested on Saturday afternoon, after protesting over the arrests of Carles and Dano at the Jakarta Police headquarters in South Jakarta.  Naliana, Wenebita and Norince we...