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Hundreds of Papuan students return home over safety concerns

  • Ivany Atina Arbi and Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, September 10, 2019   /  03:35 pm
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A banner reads “We Reject Whoever Comes” on the gate of a Papuan student dormitory on Jl. Kalasan, Surabaya, East Java.(kompas.com/A. Faizal)

Hundreds of Papuan students studying in several cities have returned to their hometowns in Papua and West Papua provinces amid concerns over their safety. Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto said in a press conference on Monday that 835 students studying in Java, Sumatra and Maluku islands had returned to their hometowns in Papua. The move came following heightened protests in Surabaya, East Java. “The number is quite high. It happened because there has been provocation and misinformation has spread. There is a rumor that if they keep studying in those cities that their safety will be at risk. And that’s fake news,” Wiranto said on Monday. Wiranto also said the Papua’s People Assembly (MRP), which previously called on Papuan students living outside the provinces to return home, had withdrawn the statement and sent...