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Police Kill 17 In West Papua, Says Rights Group

December 19, 2011

Police kill 17 in West Papua, says rights group
Indonesian police in West Papua.

Radio Australia
Monday, December 19, 2011

Police Kill 17 In West Papua, Says Rights Group

A human rights group says at least 17 people died last week after
police using helicopters fired on houses in the Indonesian province of
West Papua.

Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat reports more than 20,000 people are
said to now be homeless after security forces torched the dwellings in
the Paniai regency.

The head of Jayapura-based non-government body Elsham said a number of
those dead are said to be members of the Free Papua Movement or OPM.

Ferry Marisan said: "According to our reports – our volunteer reports
from Paniai – about 10 people there are members of the OPM and the
rest members of the local community, not members of the OPM."

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