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Indonesian military opens fire at peaceful Papuan Congress

Military and police poised to break up the Papuan People’s Congress at Abepura, Jayapura from westpapuamedia on Vimeo.

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Report – By the Jakarta Globe

Indonesian military forces  fired on participants of the Papuan Peoples’ Congress in Jayapura today, according to a statement by West Papua Media tonight.

The report said that “credible sources on the ground” had confirmed that at 3:30 pm soldiers opened fire on the gathering, held at a  field in Padang Bulan, Abepura.

The report says casualties have been reported, but that numbers had not been confirmed.

Andreas Harsono of Human Rights Watch told the Jakarta Globe that he received a report of at least one person killed.

Regional Military Commander Major General Erfi Triassunu confirmed the reports of shooting to the Globe, but claimed the shots were only a warning.

He denied there were any casualties.

The warning shots were fired in response to an alleged announcement by the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP) declaring the territory “independent” from Indonesia, Erfi said.

See updates at West Papua Media.

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