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Summary of events in West Papua for December 2015

January 2, 2016

West Papuan National Flag Day

In the lead up to the 54th anniversary of West Papuan National flag day (the Morning Star flag was flown officially for the first time on the 1st of December in 1961), the security forces intimidated civilians and civil society groups in West Papua hoping to create fear in any groups that might be preparing to celebrate the 1st December. 17 people were arrested in Nabire on the 28 November
while preparing an area for a rally on Dec 1st. On the 30th November the military intimidated residents who live in the district Aifat Aimas. The presence of military in the Aimas district caused fear in the local people with some residents leaving
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