- The people of Papua in Indonesia have protested against racist taunts targeted at students.
- The protests have resulted in the shutdown of the internet and an increase in the number of military officers in some areas.
- Papua gained independence in 1961 but was recolonized by Indonesia in the year 1969.
The people of Papua in Indonesia’s eastern region have risen up in protest after accusations of racist taunts targeted at students became public.
YEN.com.gh understands that the protests resulted in the burning of buildings which included a jail and a market.
In reaction, thousands of security officials have been deployed by the government to the areas affected by the demonstration though there is already heavy military presence in such places.
The Indonesian government, per a report by bbc.com, has shut down the internet in a bid to restore security.
Per a statement released by the Indonesian government, Papua, which is divided into Papua and West Papua, forms an important part of the country and is recognized by the United Nations.
Reports available show that Papua was originally declared independent in 1961 and its seizure by Indonesia in 1969 has generated controversy.
Attempts by a low-level separatist movement to fight for independence has been quashed by the Indonesian military, which has meanwhile been accused of human rights abuses.
In other news, the member of Parliament (MP) for Kumbungu constituency, Ras Mubarak, has stated an amount of GHC500,000 was used to influence delegates to vote against him.
He added that the winner of the polls, Dr. Hamza Adam, a lecturer at the University for Development Studies (UDS), received assistance from one Hamza Abdulaziz, also known as Hamza Tanko.
Mubarak further disclosed the motive behind the sharing of the money was simply to unseat him, a development he believes could hurt Ghana’s democratic gains.
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