May 11, 2022, 05.26 PM
Indonesian Police personnel stand guard in a rally site in the province of Papua after thousands of protesters came out to oppose plans for a major redistricting in the restive region on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. KOMPAS.COM/Roberthus YewenIndonesian Police personnel stand guard in a rally site in the province of Papua after thousands of protesters came out to oppose plans for a major redistricting in the restive region on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

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At least one person — identified only as JW — was arrested, for allegedly spreading provocation and fake news ahead of the protest.

Local media reported that it was Papuan activist Jefry Wenda.

"He was arrested for spreading fake and provocative news which he spread through social media prior to the demonstration," Handoko said.

Papua's ongoing insurgency aims to gain independence from Indonesia, which took control of the former Dutch colony in the 1960s.

In 2019, at least 20 died in neighboring West Papua province during a clash between security forces and protesters following days of violent unrest to protest against racism toward Papuan students in the country's second-biggest city, Surabaya.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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