6 May 2011

Indonesia's military tries to change its image in Papua

1:22 pm on 6 May 2011

The Indonesian military, the TNI, is attempting to repair its image among the people in the Papua region, amid perceptions it had been ineffective, along with police, in tackling a recent spate of violent crime.

The Jakarta Post reports the TNI is running a community event over the next four months in Puncak Jaya regency, dubbed Love and Peace are Beautiful.

Tensions in the regency have been high with a series of killings in the last five years.

The military has accused locals of supporting secessionist movements, while residents accuse the TNI and police of rights abuses.