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Jokowi sidesteps riots, human rights on Papua trip

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jayapura/Jakarta   /   Mon, October 28, 2019   /  07:54 pm
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo promises to build more infrastructure in Papua and West Papua.(Antara/Setpres-Kris)

  During a three-day trip to Papua and West Papua, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo visited two markets, took part in a traditional dance, promised to build an airport and inaugurated a bridge.   But despite his packed itinerary, the President largely avoided the elephant in the room: widespread protests and rioting that have occurred throughout the region since August – and their underlying causes.   Jokowi started Monday by visiting Wouma Market in Wamena, Jayawijaya regency, Papua, and promising to quickly undo damage done to the traditional market and other buildings during last month’s riots.   “Wouma Market is a place where residents sell farm produce produced by people in Wamena and the surrounding areas,” Jokowi told reporters after the visit on Monday, according to a press release from the Presidentia...