Indonesian Police Use Water Cannons Against Papuan Protestors

Indonesian police forces used a water cannon to disperse thousands of Papuan protesters in Papua opposing government plans to make six new provinces in the region. 

According to the government, redistricting the region would accelerate development, making governance easier, however, many Papuans expressed anger against the Indonesian government for not consulting with them.

Reports claimed that the government’s move would tighten Indonesia’s control over the mineral-rich region.

Authorities sent more than a thousand Indonesian police officers to disperse the protests in Papua on Tuesday, where thousands gathered in several locations near the provincial capital Jayapura to reject the plan, while similar protests in other parts of the country occurred.

In March, a protest turned violent in Yahukimo district, killing two people and injuring several others. 

In neighboring West Papua province, a clash between security forces and protesters following days of violent unrest in 2019 killed at least 20 people.

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