Indonesia urges calm in Papua after two weeks of protests

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Indonesia's chief security minister urged calm in the easternmost region of Papua on Friday (Aug 30) after two weeks of sometimes violent ...

Wiranto, a retired general, said a"certain party" was taking advantage of the situation to cause chaos and reap the benefit. He did not elaborate.

The spark for the latest protests was a racist slur against Papuan students, who were hit by tear gas in their dormitory andon the main island of Java on Aug 17, Indonesia's Independence Day, for allegedly desecrating a national flag. Speaking alongside the minister, Samuel Tabuni, a Papuan community leader, also urged calm, but called on the government to treat Papuans more fairly.

 

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