Alertes de sécurité

À noter, les alertes ne sont disponibles qu'en anglais
22 août 2019 | 09h28 UTC

Indonesia: Government deploys police and cuts internet communication in West Papua August 22 /update 3

Indonesia Alerte de sécurité

Authorities deploy 1000 police officers to West Papua as internet communication is cut; further protests and related violence expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 22/8/2019, 12h00 until 26/8/2019, 11h59 (Asia/Jayapura). COUNTRY/REGION Papua province, West Papua

Read all related news alert(s):


Government has deployed at least 1000 police officers to West Papua in order to control the ongoing unrest on Thursday, August 22. Authorities have also temporarily cut off internet communication in Papua and West Papua as of Wednesday, August 21, stating it would accelerate government efforts to restore order. They added that communication will remain cut off until the situation is assessed to be normal.

Further protests are likely across Papua, West Papua, and potentially in Jakarta in the coming several days. Heightened security measures and transportation and business disruptions are to be expected near demonstration sites.


Violent protests were reported in West Papua and Papua provinces on August 21. In Fakfak (West Papua), police used tear gas to disperse crowd after protesters burnt parts of a market and an official building while blocking roads leading to Fakfak Airport (FKQ). In Timika (Papua), protesters reportedly threw rocks at the parliament building, houses, shops, and a hotel.

The protests come after security forces stormed a university dormitory in Surabaya on August 17, rounding up 43 students accused of desecrating the Indonesian flag. The students, who were reportedly subjected to racial abuse, were released from custody on August 18. Similar protests were held across West Papua on August 19 and August 20, as thousands of people took to the streets to denounce the events. Related demonstrations were reported in Manokwari, Sorong, Jayapura, and other cities in the province. 


Individuals in Indonesia are advised to remain vigilant and exercise caution when traveling to Papua and West Papua, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. travel permits) and their home governments, and avoid all public demonstrations.


Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Alertes reliées