3 Apr 2014

Reports of shots fired at protest in West Papua

4:58 am on 3 April 2014

There are reports emerging of heavily armed police breaking up a student protest in the Indonesian province of West Papua that was calling for the release of political prisoners.

The protest in West Papua's capital, Jayapura, is said to have begun at 8.30am local time, before armed police turned up 3 hours later to try and disperse the crowd.

The students retaliated by throwing stones at police.

The police retaliated by firing several shots, before the students fled.

No further information is currently available.