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Jakarta Post

Papua special autonomy evaluation meeting cut short, participants arrested

  • Evi Mariani and A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 18, 2020   /  05:19 pm
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A mural shows two Papuans with the words: “If we are monkeys, don’t force monkeys to raise the [Indonesian] flag. Stop racism.” The mural was displayed on a road connecting Depok and Bogor, West Java. It refers to an incident last year in Surabaya, East Java, in which a Papuan student was vilified and called a “monkey”. The incident led to a string of antiracism protests.(JP/P.J.Leo)

The Merauke Police have arrested 54 participants of a meeting organized by the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP) to evaluate 20 years of special autonomy and funding, accusing them of "another mission". Among the 54, arrested on Tuesday at 10 a.m. local time, were one expert staff member, six staffers and two members of the MRP. One of the participants of the session, Catholic priest Pius Manu, told The Jakarta Post that some of the arrested participants were handcuffed when police picked them up from the session at Grand Merauke Hotel in Merauke regency, Papua. He did not know what charges the arrests were based on. A source close to the case, who requested anonymity, claimed that the detained members of the MRP had been told by police to sign a statement that said, first, that the MRP had organized the session using special autonomy funds allocated for the MRP, se...