West Papuan leaders put themselves in danger to draw attention

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Reports of ongoing violence against West Papuan independence leaders continue to leak to international media. On Friday the West Papuan National Committee or ‘KNPB’ was raided by Australian-funded counter-terrorism force Detachment-88, which allegedly attacked student dormitories, beat up and arrested students. Indonesian police blame KNPB for recent shootings in the region, but KNPB Chairman Victor Yeimo denies such allegations and says the military carries out violent attacks in order to suppress civilian dissent.

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