According to Indonesian authorities, a large-scale protests and riots by citizens occurred in Papua Province in the eastern part of the country, and at least 19 civilians were killed and 65 injured in clashes with security forces.
A local military spokesman admitted to the coverage of the Asahi Shimbun. According to the national police and local media, in the same day in Wamena and Waena in the state, local government buildings were destroyed or roads were lit up, and there was a clash with the armed forces and police that were crushed there were. In Waena, one soldier died and six police officers were injured.
The starting point is the information that has been circulated on the net that "a teacher who is not from Papua has ranted" monkey "to students." The police explained, “We confirmed it as fake information and settled down.”
In the state of independence and West Papua, where the independence movement continues, since around August 19, there have been a series of clashes between local residents and the government, causing casualties. In Surabaya, the second largest city in the country, a video of soldiers ranting “monkeys” to students from Papua spread and protested against racism. The government has been trying to consolidate the situation by arresting officials and restricting local communications, but the conflict has reignited again. (Jakarta = Hidefumi Nogami)