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Hundreds protest in Jakarta for West Papua self-determination

Hundreds of people attended a rally in Jakarta last week, calling for self-determination for West Papua.
The rally, organised by the Papua Student Alliance (AMP) and the Indonesian People’s Front for West Papua (FRI-WP), was initially meant to march from the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH Jakarta) offices in Central Jakarta to the offices of PT Freeport Indonesia.

However, Asia Pacific Report states that hundreds of armed Indonesian police officers blocked the rally from proceeding. Instead, they remained at a bus stop, where protestors read out demands, including the closure of the Freeport gold-and-copper mine in Papua and granting the right to self-determination to the Papuan people.

 

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