According to a separatist group statement, Indonesian authorities killed six people in the Deiyai region (Papua province) amid attempts to storm a local government office on Wednesday, August 28. The police did not confirm the allegations.
Heightened security measures remain in place throughout Papua and West Papua provinces, as well as the suspension of mobile-data services.
Further protests are possible throughout Papua and West Papua provinces in the coming days. Heightened security measures and transportation and business disruptions are to be expected near demonstration sites. Clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.
Violent protests have taken place in West Papua and Papua provinces since August 18, leading officials to cut internet access and deploy additional police officers in the region. The demonstrations were initially launched 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. Thousands of people have participated in the protests, which have been held 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.
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