Occasionally violent protests convulsed the area for a couple of weeks in late August over racial slurs from Papuan students in Java’s town of Surabaya, that had been teargassed at a dormitory and arrested over accusations of desecrating a national flag.
The bureau mentioned the following official as saying that the city’s airport was closed.
Among Indonesia’s greatest news portals, Kompas.com said demonstrators had set fire to houses and government buildings throughout a rally supposedly triggered by racist slurs aimed at pupils by a teacher in Wamena.
Gunshots were discovered during a phone call using its correspondent from town, the site included.
National police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo told Reuters the scenario”has been managed by police and the army so that this doesn’t propagate wider,” and he was awaiting reports from regional officials.
Resource-rich Papua – that will be home to the world’s largest gold mine and its second-biggest aluminium mine Grasberg was a Dutch colony which was integrated into Indonesia following a contentious U.N. endorsed referendum in 1969.
Ever since that time, the area has suffered decades of mainly low-level separatist battle.
Following the August protests started, Indonesia has delivered nearly 6,000 new armies and police personnel to the area, and police to get a time blocked internet access to stop the use of social networking.
Police have rounded up dozens of individuals for damaging public land from the protests, together with many termed as treason suspects over a requirement for the independence referendum that governments have mastered.