Tuesday, December 13, 2016

1) Major demonstrations staged in Papua

2) KNPB activists arrested and released twice in Papua


1) Major demonstrations staged in Papua
From 4:03 pm today 
Last weekend at least six thousand West Papuans demonstrated in the town of Wamena to mark Human Rights Day.
It was the latest in a series of large demonstrations by Papuans in the Indonesian province who want a referendum about self-determination.
Police arrested nine Papuans at another demonstration in the capital of West Papua province, Manokwari.
Guyon Espiner spoke with Johnny Blades about the Wamena demonstration and asked if it was met with a violent reaction from Indonesian security forces.


2) KNPB activists arrested and released twice in Papua
7:22 pm on 12 December 2016 
About a dozen West Papuan activists were arrested and released twice within two days in the capital of Indonesia’s Papua province.

On Friday, 17 members of the West Papua National Committee, or KNPB, were arrested in Jayapura for writing "Free West Papua" graffiti on walls.
They were released after being interrogated by police.
However, on Saturday 14 of the KNPB activists were arrested a second time for writing the same message as public graffiti again.
According to the Indonesian public interest lawyer, Veronica Koman, they were were released later in the day.
Also on Saturday the KNPB organised a huge demonstration in the Highlands town of Wamena.
At least 6,000 people were reported to have attended the demonstration, protesting against human rights abuses in Papua and calling for a legitimate self-determination referendum.
There were no reported arrests.

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