Security personnel fire tear gas to diffuse rioters in Papua

Security personnel fire tear gas to diffuse rioters in Papua

Security personnel use tear gas to disperse demonstrators in Jayapura, Papua, Thursday (Hendrina Dian Kadapi)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Security personnel fired volleys of tear gas to clear out a crowd engaged in a demonstration that took a violent turn in the Papua provincial capital of Jayapura on Thursday.

According to an Antara journalist’s observation, the demonstrators launched stones at shops and office buildings and lit tires on the streets they marched.

The police, with the military‘s assistance, deployed tear gas to drive out demonstrators, who had
committed anarchic acts, with some of them retreating.

Security personnel had placed barbed wire at vital locations along the street from Abepura to Jayapura where the rioters were marching.

To tackle the demonstrators, the Cendrawasih Regional Military Command XVII had prepared two companies of soldiers to assist the police, spokesman for the regional military command Lt Col Eko Daryanto stated.  Related news: Indonesians face challenge ahead to fight racis, separatism in Papua

 

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