Thursday, 19 September 2019

Indonesian police and TNI soldiers guarded when a mass of action closed the road in Mimika, Papua, Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Rallies erupted in more towns in Indonesia's Papua on Wednesday, with protesters setting fire to a market and throwing stones at buildings following a spate of demonstrations in the easternmost area over perceived discrimination. ANTARA FOTO/Sevianto Pakiding

Papua protesters demonstrate with escort from TNI soldiers at the Timika Indah Roundabout, Mimika, Papua, Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Media estimated thousands of people were involved in the protest, though Dedi Prasetyo, spokesman for Indonesia's national police, said only 50 people had taken part in setting fire to several stalls in the market. The situation had been contained, Prasetyo said, without elaborating. ANTARA FOTO/Jeremias Rahadat

Residents crossed Tambruni Market, which was set on fire during a demonstration in Fakfak Regency, West Papua, Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Police fired teargas to disperse a crowd in the town of Fakfak, West Papua, after protesters torched parts of a market, an office building and blocked roads to the airport, CNN Indonesia reported. ANTARA FOTO/Wahyu Rumagesan

Papua protesters convoy during demonstrations in Mimika, Papua, Wednesday, August 21, 2019. In Timika, a city in the neighbouring province of Papua, where the giant Grasberg copper and gold mine operated by the Indonesian unit of Freeport McMoran is located, thousands of protesters threw rocks at a parliament building, houses, shops and a hotel. ANTARA FOTO/Sevianto Pakiding

Police officers evacuate a resident while guarding a demonstration in Mimika, Papua, Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Police have sent 1,200 additional officers to West Papua, Muhammad Iqbal, a national police spokesman, told media. Mohamad Lakotani, the deputy governor of West Papua, said police reinforcements had been sent to Sorong, Manokwari and Fakfak. ANTARA FOTO/Sevianto Pakiding

Police officers evacuate a resident while guarding a demonstration in Mimika, Papua, Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Activists have criticised the government's response to the unrest in Papua. The rights group Setara Institute said police and military reinforcements would exacerbate violence and it urged President Joko Widodo to send an envoy to open dialogue with residents there. ANTARA FOTO/Sevianto Pakiding