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Jokowi-Papuans meeting 'misses the point'

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya and Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 11 2019   /  12:13 am
Amicable solution: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo meets Papuan public figures at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday. The meeting was held to seek solutions to problems in West Papua and Papua provinces, which were hit by violent demonstrations recently.(JP/Seto Wardhana)(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Amicable solution: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo meets Papuan public figures at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday. The meeting was held to seek solutions to problems in West Papua and Papua provinces, which were hit by violent demonstrations recently.(JP/Seto Wardhana)For the first time since Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java, were inflicted with racist abuse on Aug. 16, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo finally sat together with a delegation from Papua on Tuesday morning at the Jakarta presidential palace.Many see the meeting as an attempt to diffuse tension following the protests against the abuse that broke out in several places in the past two weeks.Activists have said they were underwhelmed by the meeting as it did not address the current situation of Papua, their calls for self-determination and the protests against racial abuse and discrimination, among man...