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Jakarta-Papua tensions rise in Melbourne, Ambon

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil and Belseran Christ

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta/Ambon   /   Thu, December 3, 2020   /  06:28 pm
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Papuan students and lawyers from Legal Aid Institute (LBH) Ansor Ambon and LBH Pelita Harapan gather at the students' dormitory in Ambon, Maluku, following an incident in which the students said local residents had surrounded the building and trapped the students inside for 17 hours. (Courtesy of LBH Ansor Ambon/-)

Tensions between Jakarta and Papua have risen in Melbourne, Australia, and Ambon, Maluku, as Papuans celebrate what they have claimed as the birth date of the West Papua nation, Dec. 1. The Foreign Ministry has filed a protest to the Australian government over an incident where the Bintang Kejora (Morning Star) flag, a symbol of the Papuan independence movement, was shown at the Indonesian Consulate in Melbourne. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah said several unidentified persons had broken into the consulate to raise the Bintang Kejora flag. “It happened in the morning and lasted about 15 minutes. They trespassed, put up [the flag] and then took it down,” Faizasyah said on Wednesday, tempo.co reported. He said the local police soon after arrived at the consulate for an investigation. “The government condemns this activity and has asked the Au...