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Polri Deploys 400 Police Officers in Papua after Riots

The Indonesian National Police, or Polri, has dispatched four units of company-level Brimob (SSK) personnel, or 400 officers, to Jayapura, Papua, after riots broke on 29th August 2019.

“Four SSKs from the Mobile Brigade Corps were sent to Jayapura,” National Police Public Information Bureau head, Brigadier General Dedi Prasetyo stated. The officers are from East Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan Regional Police.

The riots broke in Jayapura on Thursday. They had reportedly set fire to the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP) office on Abepura Road. The mobs also burnt the local Telkom office and several public service facilities such as the post office and gas stations. Rocks were reportedly thrown at buildings in the city.

Dedi said that the situation in Jayapura is starting to calm down. Demonstrators in front of the Papua Governor’s Office also disbanded on Friday night.

“The masses have returned to their homes, taken by TNI-Polri vehicles,” Dedi confirmed.

Source: Tempo
Image: Tribunnews

See: Police Track Down Manokwari Riots Hoaxing Accounts

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