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Jakarta Post

Over 100 detained across Papua for allegedly raising Morning Star flag

  • Victor Mambor

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Wed, December 4, 2019   /  06:38 pm
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Papuan students, members of the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP), stage a rally to commemorate Dec. 1, the day pro-independence activists declare as Papuan independence day, on Sunday in Yogyakarta. They demanded the government hold a referendum on Papuan self-determination and end human rights violations in Papua and West Papua.(JP/Bambang Muryanto)

The police have preempted what they claim to have been coordinated subversive activities in Papua, arresting some 100 people including students and activists across Papua and West Papua provinces and naming some of them as treason suspects given that they allegedly planned to raise the Bintang Kejora (Morning Star) flag, a symbol of the Papuan independence movement, ahead of a Dec. 1 commemoration. Among the first to be arrested was youth activist Pilipus Robaha, who was apprehended at his residence on Nov. 26 for having allegedly published a letter on social media urging the public to join the commemoration of Dec. 1, which some Papuans claim to be the birth of the West Papua nation in 1961, in Trikora Square in Abepura district, Jayapura. However, Pilipus was released the following day because of a lack of evidence. The day after Pilipus’ arrest, the police took eight ...