2019 Papua protests

  • 2019 papua protests
    part of the papua conflict
    sarmi protests long march.jpg
    protesters marching in sarmi regency
    date19 august 2019 – 23 september 2019
    (1 month and 4 days)
    location
    various cities and towns across papua and west papua provinces, smaller rallies across other indonesian cities
    caused by
    • papuan independence movement
    • racist incident in surabaya
    goalspapuan independence
    status
    • internet in papua shut down by indonesian authorities
    • indonesian government rejects calls for independence referendum
    • protests continue despite government ban[1]
    parties to the civil conflict
    free papua movement
    papuan students
    pro-independence papuans

    indonesia indonesia

    • indonesian police
    • indonesian army
    islamic defenders front
    pancasila youth
    pro-indonesia papuans
    lead figures
    benny wenda[2] indonesia joko widodo
    casualties and losses
    31–33 dead[a]
    2 dead[b]

    the 2019 papua protests are a series of protests by papuans in indonesia that began on 19 august 2019 and mainly took place across indonesian papua in response to the surabaya arrests of 43 papuan students for alleged disrespect of the indonesian flag. many of the protests involved thousands of participants, and some grew from local protests in surabaya to demanding an independence referendum for the whole region. in several locations, the protests turned into general riots, resulting in the destruction of government buildings in wamena, sorong and jayapura. clashes between violent protesters and police resulted in injuries, with over 30 people killed from both the clashes and the rioting.

    in response to the rioting, the government of indonesia implemented an internet blackout in the region. a reuters reporter from the jakarta bureau described the unrest as papua's most serious in years.[9]

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2019 Papua protests
Part of the Papua conflict
Sarmi Protests Long March.jpg
Protesters marching in Sarmi Regency
Date19 August 2019 – 23 September 2019
(1 month and 4 days)
Location
Various cities and towns across Papua and West Papua provinces, smaller rallies across other Indonesian cities
Caused by
GoalsPapuan Independence
Status
  • Internet in Papua shut down by Indonesian authorities
  • Indonesian government rejects calls for independence referendum
  • Protests continue despite government ban[1]
Parties to the civil conflict
Free Papua Movement
Papuan students
Pro-independence Papuans
Lead figures
Benny Wenda[2] Indonesia Joko Widodo
Casualties and losses
31–33 dead[a]
2 dead[b]

The 2019 Papua protests are a series of protests by Papuans in Indonesia that began on 19 August 2019 and mainly took place across Indonesian Papua in response to the Surabaya arrests of 43 Papuan students for alleged disrespect of the Indonesian flag. Many of the protests involved thousands of participants, and some grew from local protests in Surabaya to demanding an independence referendum for the whole region. In several locations, the protests turned into general riots, resulting in the destruction of government buildings in Wamena, Sorong and Jayapura. Clashes between violent protesters and police resulted in injuries, with over 30 people killed from both the clashes and the rioting.

In response to the rioting, the Government of Indonesia implemented an internet blackout in the region. A Reuters reporter from the Jakarta bureau described the unrest as Papua's most serious in years.[9]