13 May 2013

Indonesian Police crack down on Jayapura demonstration

6:22 pm on 13 May 2013

There are unconfirmed reports that four people have been arrested and a number injured by security forces breaking up a pro-independence rally in the Papuan city of Jayapura that had been banned by Indonesian police.

Among those arrested is the chairman of the West Papua National Committee, Victor Yeimo, and Manggaprouw Marten from the West Papuan activists National Authority.

According to the Suara Papua website, police charged at protestors on several occasions, beating them with batons.

The rally was planned to protest a crackdown by security forces on demonstrations that were held across the Papua region two weeks ago to mark the 50th anniversary of the transferral of the former Dutch New Guinea to Indonesia.

At least three protestors were killed by police and up to 20 arrested during the May 1st demonstrations.