29 Aug 2018

Papuan man arrested for "hate speech" video

3:56 pm on 29 August 2018

Police in Papua have arrested a local worker for making a video opposing Indonesia's claim over Papua and sharing it on social media.

The Jakarta Post, citing Antara news agency, reports the unnamed man was arrested in Mimika last Thursday and faces hate speech charges.

The Morning Star flag a symbol of the West Papuan Independence movement. It was first raised on 1 December 1961 prior to the territory coming under administration of the United Nations Temporary Executive Authority.

The Morning Star flag a symbol of the West Papuan Independence movement. Photo: RNZ PAcific/ Koroi Hawkins

He had reportedly filmed his young son voicing opposition to Indonesian sovereignty over Papua, which it claimed in 1969 in a UN-backed vote widely regarded as a sham.

The boy was not arrested by police.

The man was reportedly a gold and copper miner for PT Freeport Indonesia.

The marker is placed on Pomako Port of Mimika regency, Indonesia.

The marker is placed on Pomako Port of Mimika regency, Indonesia. Photo: Google Maps

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