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Six found dead in Papua

Six people have been found dead after security officers fired shots at the Papuan People’s Congress, reports the Jakarta Globe.

The bodies of a student and a member of the Papua Land Defenders were found behind the military headquarters in Padang Bulan, Abepura.

Four as yet unnamed civilians were found dead around the venue of the Papua Congress. Some 300 people have also reportedly been detained by police.

In Jakarta, t

he chairman of the House commission on defense, Mahfudz Siddiq, said the security forces “should have been firmer” and refused to issue a permit for the congress in the first place.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International has called for the immediate and unconditional release of 14 people detained by police in Indonesia’s Papua province.

The Congress ended in a ‘declaration of an independent state of West Papua’ reports Radio New Zealand.

 


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