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Jakarta Post

21 killed amid fresh unrest in Papua

  • Benny Mawel and Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura/Jakarta   /   Tue, September 24, 2019   /  06:32 am
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Fired up: People react as a building burns after protests broke out in Wamena, Papua, on Monday. Protesters burned down a government office and other buildings in Wamena, according to an AFP report.(AFP/Vina Rumbewas)

At least 21 people were reportedly killed in fresh clashes in Jayapura and Wamena, Papua, on Monday, prompting the government to block internet services in the two cities as it grapples to bring order to the region. Unrest first broke out in the morning in the provincial capital of Jayapura, when police and military personnel besieged the Cendrawasih University auditorium. The hall had been serving as a temporary shelter for some 300 students who had fled cities outside Papua after racial abuse suffered by Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java, and elsewhere last month. Security personnel reportedly ordered the students to leave the auditorium in an orderly manner but the latter did not respond. After three hours of waiting, they charged in and forced the students into buses that would transfer them to the Waena Museum and Arts Center. But according to witnesses, security perso...