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Indonesian police crack down on West Papuan protests

The protestors were calling for the release of pro-independence activist Victor Yeimo who was taken into police custody over two weeks ago.

They were also calling for the release of other Papuan political prisoners, and rejecting Jakarta's plans for special autonomy in Papua.

Reports from the capital of West Papua province, Manokwari, indicate that as many as 130 protestors were arrested.

West Papuan independence campaigner arrested

Victor Yeimo is the foreign spokesman for the West Papua National Committee, or KNPB, which has a large following in the Indonesian-ruled provinces of Papua region.

Yeimo has been on a police wanted list for treason suspects related to his alleged role in the widespread anti-racism protests in August and September 2019.

The protests in a number of cities and towns in the region followed highly publicised racist attacks on Papuan students in Java.

7 firms, 133 people named suspects in Indonesia forest fires

National Police spokesman Col. Suharsono said 27 more companies and 85 individuals are still under investigation by police task forces in six provinces in Sumatra and Kalimantan on the Indonesian part of Borneo.

President Joko Widodo has ordered law enforcement agencies to take "stern actions" include revoking their forest concessions and blacklisting those responsible for the fires.