West Papua activists, journalists silenced by Indonesian authorities

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Simmering tensions between Indonesia’s military and police personnel and West Papua activists have imploded after an ultraviolent altercation with local high school students at an anti-racism rally in the central town of Wamena last week.

It was described as the bloodiest attack against the provinces in the last twenty years, with at least 33 people allegedly reported to have been killed.

Despite the civil unrest, this hasn’t deterred the Indonesian Government from unjustly threatening and intimidating both activists and journalists involved with the independence rallies, riots, and anti-racism demonstrations over the past six weeks with arrest and imprisonment.

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