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  • Indonesia’s crackdown on protests has left thousands displaced and some 11 people dead.

    Indonesia’s crackdown on protests has left thousands displaced and some 11 people dead. | Photo: Reuters file

Published 23 January 2019

The liberation movement is urging the Indonesian Government to allow the outside access for medical and food aid as well as permit foreign observers to investigate claims of chemical weapons use.

The government of Indonesia has been blamed for repression of protesters in a demonstration in the Nduga region of West Papua which led to the deaths of three babies.

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“About four women gave birth in the bush and three children died,” exiled leader of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (UKMWP) Benny Wenda remarked. The UKMWP group is the umbrella organization for all West Papuan liberation efforts.

Indonesia’s crackdown on protests has left thousands displaced, 11 people dead — six of whom were reportedly shot and killed by the military — and many detained and allegedly tortured, the UKMWP disclosed.

The liberation movement is urging the Indonesian Government to allow the outside access for medical and food aid as well as permit foreign observers to investigate claims of chemical weapons use against the protesters by the authorities, The Guardian reported.

This incident began early in December when the West Papuan Liberation Army (WPLA) reportedly fired on Indonesian construction workers. Tensions in West Papua have been ongoing for decades motivated by a desire for independence from Indonesia.

The Indonesian Government has been accused of human rights violations as well as of violently suppressing liberation movements' activists in West Papua.

Tensions in West Papua New Guinea have prolonged for decades. Liberation movements claim that the Indonesian police have brutally repressed dissents, alleging extrajudicial killings by law enforcement.

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