THOUSANDS ATTACK POLICE STATION IN WEST PAPUA VIOLENCE

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (March 1, 2000 - Radio Australia)---Thousands of people attacked a police station in Indonesia's easternmost province of West Papua, formerly known as Irian Jaya.

Police officials said an estimated 2,000 people took part in the attack. They were protesting the death of a man who was killed on Monday during a violent demonstration.

About 50 Papuans attacked the barracks of the police Mobile Brigade, a crack paramilitary unit.

Police said the protestors are armed with arrows, spears and other traditional weapons.

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