People protest against the violence in Indonesia's eastern Papua province. Photo: AFP

Indonesia blocks internet in Papua to prevent more violent protests

  • Riots and demonstrations have brought several cities in the island region to a standstill, as anger over the alleged racist abuse of students spreads
  • The communications ministry says the amount of racist and provocative content online is still very high
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People protest against the violence in Indonesia's eastern Papua province. Photo: AFP
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Thousands march at a protest in Jayapura, Papua province. Photo: EPA-EFE

Explained: what has led to the violent riots in Indonesia’s Papua?

  • Riots broke out on Monday in the restive Papua region, where a separatist movement has simmered since the 1960s
  • While President Joko Widodo has sought to improve outcomes for the region, Indonesia’s long-standing racism against Papuans risks undermining his infrastructure plans, says Human Rights Watch
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