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Security comes first in Papua, says Kalla ahead of UNGA address

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, September 25, 2019   /  07:59 pm
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A building is on fire after fresh protests broke out on Monday in Wamena, Papua, where protesters set alight a government office and other buildings, according to an AFP reporter.(AFP/Vina Rumbewas)

Vice President Jusuf Kalla, who is set to speak before the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, United States, this week, has stressed the need to maintain security amid simmering unrest in Papua. At least 27 civilians were killed and 70 others injured in fresh clashes in Jayapura and Wamena, Papua, on Monday, according to authorities, prompting the government to block internet services again in the two cities. “Security comes first, then we take legal steps to find out who’s guilty. It is security, then legal measures, and after that reconciliation,” Kalla said in a recorded statement obtained by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. Protests and rallies have taken place in Papua’s major cities several times since late August, triggered by racial abuse of Papuan students in East Java. Kalla, who made the point that some of the victims in Monda...