- Title: Indonesian police ban violent protests, separatism in Papua
- Date: 2nd September 2019
- Summary: JAKARTA, INDONESIA (SEPTEMBER 2, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** INDONESIA COORDINATING MINISTER OF POLITICS, LAW AND SECURITY, WIRANTO SITTING DOWN FOR NEWS CONFERENCE INDONESIAN NATIONAL EMBLEM AND WORDS SURROUNDING READING (Bahasa Indonesia): "COORDINATING MINISTRY OF POLITICS, LAW AND SECURITY" (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) INDONESIA COORDINATING MINISTER OF POLITICS, LAW AND SECURITY, WIRANTO SAYING: "The Papua police chief banned demonstrations that will lead to anarchy. Any individuals or organisations are prohibited from carrying out or spreading separatism, or expressing opinions in public and violations that will cause separatism." PHOTOGRAPHER TAKING PHOTO (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) INDONESIA COORDINATING MINISTER OF POLITICS, LAW AND SECURITY, WIRANTO SAYING: "There is no nation in this world that doesn't have an issue with separatism. It's inevitable. There will always be a group in a country that holds sentiments different from the majority of the people. It also happens in Indonesia, and not just in Papua. It could be anywhere else. That is exactly we must fight and neutralise." REPORTER RECORDING VIDEO OF NEWS CONFERENCE ON SMART PHONE WIRANTO AND OFFICIALS LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM
- Embargoed: 16th September 2019 11:34
- Keywords: Indonesia Papua separatism clash racism West Papua government news conference
- Location: JAKARTA, INDONESIA
- City: JAKARTA, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001AUYRG3R
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Indonesian Chief security minister Wiranto said on Monday (September 2) Indonesian police have banned violent demonstrations and speeches promoting separatism in the country's eastern most region of Papua, which has been rocked by violent protests for two weeks.
In a routine news conference, Wiranto firmly told media separatism is "inevitable" as he updated the development of the most serious civil unrest in years of Papua over perceived racial and ethnic discrimination.
Papua and West Papua provinces, the resource-rich western part of the island of New Guinea, were a Dutch colony that was incorporated into Indonesia after a widely criticized U.N.-backed referendum in 1969.
The spark for the latest protests was a racist slur against Papuan students, who were hit by tear gas in their dormitory and detained in the city of Surabaya on the main island of Java on Aug. 17, Indonesia's Independence Day, for allegedly desecrating a national flag.
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