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Mass detention reports after Papua pro-independence protests | SBS News

6.5.16

Mass detention reports after Papua pro-independence protests | SBS News: Chairman of the West Papua National Committee, Victor Yeimo, says many people were assaulted during the arrests.

"There's no room for democracy in West Papua, so they came suddenly to the place where we wanted to prepare for demonstration. And they arrested the people, they beat the people. This is peaceful action, we are the peaceful resistance. There are no torture there is no violence, but Indonesians give us the torture."

The protests coincide with the anniversary of the end of Dutch colonial rule in 1963, and a weekend visit by Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Papua province - the western half of the island of New Guinea - has seen a long-running and often violent separatist conflict since being incorporated into Indonesia after a widely criticised UN-backed referendum.

Papuan journalist Victor Mambor says demands for a new referendum as an act of self-determination are viewed as treason.


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