West Papua: Racist Attacks Against West Papuan Students in Indonesia Spark Mass Uprising

21.08.19: Following racist attacks against West Papuan students in Indonesia that culminated in special operations police storming the West Papuan students dormitory in Surabaya, East Java, unprecedented mass protests have erupted in cities and towns across West Papua, with riots breaking out in the cities of Manokwari and Sorong.

West Papua, 19.08.19: Huge protest in Manokwari against racist attacks on West Papuan students by police, military &…

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On Monday morning demonstrators in Manokwari set fire to the legislative council building, blocked roads with burning barricades and clashed with riot police, effectively paralyzing the city. On the same day in Sorong, similar events took place. The airport came under attack as did the local prison, enabling over 250 prisoners to break down a wall and escape. In cities and towns across West Papua huge demonstrations took place on an unprecedented scale.

On Tuesday, rioting continued for a second day in Sorong. Footage posted on social media showed riot police fleeing in panic from angry protesters. In cities and towns across West Papua large scale demonstrations continued.

West Papua: Riot Police Fleeing from Demonstrators in South Sorong

West Papua, 20.08.19: Demonstrations continue across West Papua for a second day in response to racist attacks against West Papuan students in Java, Indonesia. 'Calm' has not returned to the streets, contrary to media reports in countries that have a vested interest in maintaining the colonial status quo. This footage is from clashes today in South Sorong, and shows riot police fleeing from angry demonstrators.

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West Papua, 20.08.19: People power in the streets as mass demonstrations continue for a second day in response to racist…

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Anarchists in several locations in Indonesia expressed their solidarity with the West Papuan students and the uprising in West Papua with banner and poster actions. On Tuesday in Makassar, Sulawesi, anarchists took to the streets to show their support.

 

The Indonesian State has reacted in typical style. Propaganda reports and statements from the Indonesian government blame ‘unverified news’ and ‘hoaxes’ for spreading unrest in West Papua. Human rights lawyer Veronica Koman, an important source of information about the protests in West Papua and the racist attacks against West Papuan students in Indonesia has been specifically targeted in an online campaign by the Indonesian State, accused of being responsible for ‘disinformation’.

Today, Wednesday, August 21st, the protests continue. Significantly, a huge protest is taking place in Timika, the town closest to the multinational Freeport mine– whose presence in West Papua is strongly opposed by the West Papuan people. The town of Fakfak is reported to be paralyzed, with burning barricades blocking roads.

Also today, reports and video have emerged of fresh Indonesian occupation forces arriving in Manokwari overnight. These same reports indicate that additional troops and police will also be deployed in Sorong. The Indonesian State have announced that they are deliberately slowing down internet speeds in several locations in West Papua to make it difficult to share photos and videos of the protests.

West Papua: Indonesia Sends Fresh Troops to Suppress Upriisng

West Papua: 21.08.19: 100s of Indonesian soldiers and police arrived in Manokwari overnight. Manokwari is the city where some of the biggest protests took place over the past 2 days and where the local parliament building was set on fire. There are reports that troops and soldiers are also being sent to Sorong, where rioting took place for 2 days running and the local prison was attacked enabling approx. 250 prisoners to escape. Meanwhile internet bandwidth has been intentionally slowed down in many parts of West Papua by Indonesian authorities in an attempt to prevent the sharing of videos and photos of the protests online. International Anarchist Solidarity with the Peoples' Uprising in West Papua! Stop Racist Attacks Against West Papuan Students in Indonesia! End the Occupation of West Papua! #FreeWestPapua (video via Aliansi Mahasiswa Papua)

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International Anarchist Solidarity with the Peoples’ Uprising in West Papua! Stop Racist Attacks Against West Papuan Students in Indonesia! End the Occupation of West Papua! Free West Papua!

(Photos and information via Aliansi Mahasiswa Papua / Papua Student Alliance, poster via Post-Romantic Queerwave)

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