2 Dec 2016

Demos and arrests expose core West Papua grievance

From , 4:04 pm on 2 December 2016

More mass arrests at West Papuan demonstrations are clouding Indonesian government claims that it is trusted by indigenous people of Papua region.

Yesterday was the 55th anniversary of the first official raising of the Papuan nationalist Morning Star flag when the indigenous people of the former Dutch New Guinea declared independence.

The Morning Star was subsequently banned after Indonesia took over, but each year global rallies mark this anniversary in support of Papuans.

Johnny Blades reports.

Protesters are resisting police using water cannons during a protest by mostly university students from Free Papua Organization and the Papua Student Alliance in Jakarta on December 1, 2016.

Photo: AFP