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Jakarta Post

Dozens arrested for protesting racism against Papuans, allegedly interrogated without lawyers

  • Benny Mawel

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Wed, September 11, 2019   /  12:09 pm
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Protesters take to the street to face off against Indonesian police in Manokwari, West Papua on Aug. 19.(AFP/Str)

Dozens of people who had been named suspects for staging protests against racism in Papua and West Papua are allegedly being interrogated without lawyers. Emanuel Gobay, director of the Papua Legal Aid Institute (LBH Papua), said the institution took note that from Aug. 19 to Sept. 6 there were numerous apprehensions and arrests of anti-racism protesters. According to the LBH, eight people were apprehended or arrested in Timika in Mimika, 35 in Jayapura, 16 in Deiyai, 18 in Manokwari, 14 in Sorong and six in Jakarta. In addition, six people were called as witnesses in Fakfak. Papua and West Papua have been rocked by protests and rioting since Aug. 19 over perceived racist abuse committed by security officers and members of mass organizations.  Emanuel said most of the arrested people were not investigated in accordance with legal protocols. “Some [investigations] a...