17 Oct 2008

2,000 attend pro-independence rally in Papua

12:40 pm on 17 October 2008

About 2,000 people have rallied in the capital of Indonesia's Papua province calling for independence for the remote, resource-rich area in the far east of the country.

Protest organisers said the march was timed to coincide with a gathering of parliamentarians in London on Wednesday in support of self determination for the province.

About 10 trucks of police are reported to have sought to block the marchers, although there were no reports of violence.