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Jakarta Post

After rallying to support Papua, protestors jailed, forced to listen to patriotic songs

  • Gisela Swaragita
    Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 7, 2019   /  04:39 pm
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People gather in front of the Merdeka Palace in Central Jakarta on Aug. 28 following racial insults against Papuan students in Surabaya, West Java.(JP / Dhoni Setiawan)

Patriotic Indonesian songs were playing in the National Police's Mobile Brigade (Mako Brimob) detention center in Depok, West Java, according to Jakarta Legal Aid Society (LBH Jakarta) lawyer Nelson Simamora, when he and other lawyers and friends of Surya Anta visited the activist, one of those detained for rallying to call for the liberation of Papua. Surya, who is the spokesperson of the Indonesia People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP), was arrested on Aug. 31 for allegedly committing treason by protesting in front of the Merdeka Palace in Central Jakarta and other places on Aug. 28. Along with Surya, seven students from Papua involved in the same protest were also arrested. Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) coordinator Yati Andriyani, who also advocated for the detainees, said that the legal team could not be sure i...