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Indonesia Arrests Yet More Indigenous Papuans

Expand Indonesian soldiers stand guard during a protest in Timika, Papua province, August 21, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Jimmy Rahadat The list of political prisoners in Indonesia’s West Papua and Papua provinces is growing higher, as at least 110 people were arrested for raising the Papuan national flag over the weekend. Police charged 20 people with treason (makar), which carries a maximum 20-year prison term. Every year on December 1, towns across the Papuan provinces hold small marches and prayer services, commemorating the day in 1961 when a group of Papuan legislators – promised independence…

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