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Students demand referendum as dozens remain in detention

  • Bambang Muryanto, Benny Mawel and Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta, Jayapura, Surabaya   /   Tue, December 3 2019   /  12:59 am

Hundreds of Papuan students living in Java and Bali flocked to Yogyakarta on Sunday to rally in commemoration what some Papuans claim to be the Dec. 1 birth of the West Papua nation in 1961, demanding a referendum on
self-determination.In some other areas, meanwhile, the police heightened security measures to prevent similar rallies from taking place, including in Papua where officers arrested dozens of people suspected of being affiliated to the National Committee of West Papua (KNPB) prior to Sunday’s event.About 100 Papuan students and activists from various organizations, including the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) and the Indonesia People’s Front for West Papua (FRI-WP), joined the rally in Yogyakarta, during which they carried banners stating that, among other things, “West Papua needs freedom, not special autonomy”.“We also demand law enforcers to release prodem...