200 arrests

Jakarta West Papua demo results in 200 arrests

Yesterday was the 55th anniversary of the first official raising of the Papuan Morning Star flag when the indigenous people of the former Dutch New Guinea declared independence.

The Morning Star was subsequently banned after Indonesia took over, but an increasing number of global rallies mark this anniversary in support of Papuans.

This year, non-Papuan Indonesians were among the hundreds who demonstrated in the capital and were blasted by water cannons, before police arrested 203 of them.