The Straits Times, “Police in Indonesia’s Papua ban ‘anarchist’ demos after mass protests”

Police in Indonesia’s Papua region on Monday (Sept 2) banned demonstrations that could lead to “anarchist acts” following nearly two weeks of mass protests in the easternmost territory of the Southeast Asian archipelago.

The order came after police on Sunday said dozens had been arrested in connection with rioting in the region’s capital.

“Everyone is forbidden from carrying out demonstrations and conveying opinions in public that could give rise to anarchist acts, damage, and burning of public facilities,” as well as clashes between groups, the six-point order posted on the police Twitter feed said.

The impoverished region of Papua has been the scene of a low-level insurgency against Indonesia’s rule for decades.

Indonesia earlier said it would deploy about 2,500 more police and troops to Papua, adding to about 1,200 personnel it had already sent after unrest sparked by anger over racism and calls for independence.

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