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Thousands across Papua demand UN step up to protect Papuan people: PHOTO AND VIDEO REPORT

March 21, 2012

Thousands across Papua demand UN step up to protect Papuan people: PHOTO AND VIDEO REPORT

by westpapuamedia

PHOTO AND VIDEO REPORT from the West Papua Media Editorial team, and local sources across Papua March 21, 2012 Rallies held across West Papua, Indonesia, and Australia have drawn tens of thousands of people on to the streets calling on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to do more to protect West Papuans to Indonesian state violence, […]

Despite significant threats of violence prior to the rallies by Indonesian security forces against peaceful unarmed protestors, the mass mobilisations across West Papua significantly outnumbered security forces and were peaceful. In some centres, the police only sent a handful of undercover intelligence agents to monitor the situation.

Security forces blocking access to Jayapura (photo Matias Murib)

In Jayapura, over 5000 demonstrators marched from Taman Imbi and joined with a long march of several thousand people. Security forces blocked access to the centre of Jayapura with heavy weaponry, but the rallies avoided provocation. Jayapura was reported to be a ghost town as the rallies paralysed normal business and movement

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