Activists dodge police as they unfurl independence flags in West Papua

Observers say that protests have been intensifying since a large group of activists declared independence and selected a leadership group last October. (Image: independence activists carrying morning star flags today in Manokwari, courtesy of West Papua Media)

Reports are today filtering out of the Indonesian-controlled province of West Papua describing significant protest activity. Many west Papuans have never accepted Indonesian sovereignty over their land. The protests on May 1st mark the anniversary of the day in 1963 when Indonesia assumed control of West Papua.

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