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More demonstrations with Papaun Flag, in Jakarta, students arrested

Papuan students are upping the fight against racism and calling for a referendum in their province to decide on self-rule

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Recent protests in Jayapura, because of perceived racism against Papuan college students in Surabaya, is also linked to the raising of the , a Papuan independence symbol.

The flag was allegedly raised by a group of students in Surabaya. They were arrested and manhandled by the local police. Witnesses said they were carrying the , the Papuan flag.

The authorities also accused the 43 students of damaging some national symbols during a protest.

Photographs of the student with the flag were posted on by passers-by in Surabaya.

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National Police Chief General (Pol) Tito Karnavian, instructed the Jakarta Police Chief, to catch anyone  raises the Morning Star flag. 

The instructions are not for those in Papua only, but for anyone raising the Morning Star flag across the country.

Such an incident also occurred when Papuan college students held a demonstration on Jalan Merdeka Utara, Central Jakarta.

Emboldened Papuan students demonstrated and raised the morning star before the state palace, demanding a referendum on the province.

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The students want self-determination for their province and protests are spreading after news of casualties in such protests in Papua.

The Jakarta Post reports that hundreds of Papuan students had taken to the streets in Central Jakarta following similar protests in the highlands of Papua earlier this week.

Police Public Relations Division Brigadier General Dedi Prasetyo, said that the instruction to arrest anyone  carries the Morning Star applies to all regions of .
Police arrested two students suspected of raising the flag.
On August 17, the day celebrated its 74th independence day, the 43 Papuan students raised the Morning Star and were accused of defacing state symbols.

This brought the authorities to a student dormitory where they arrested the students.

The arrest caused a chain reaction in some quarters saying was a form racism against the Papua people.

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Emanuel Gobay from the Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Papua said  enforcement agencies violated number 40 of 2008 concerning the elimination of racial and ethnic discrimination.

Pro-Papuan groups say they are victims of racism and hatred. They say they are labeled drunkards, fond of riots and cannot be educated.
Indonesia has sent 1000 troops to West Papua to quell the continued and growing unrest. The authorities have also cut Internet access. -/TISG
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