MOB BURNS DOWN IRIAN JAYA MARKET IN CONFLICT WITH MIGRANTS

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (March 27, 2000 – Sydney Morning Herald/Antara/Kabar Irian)---An armed mob yesterday set fire to a market in Jayapura, the capital of Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, formerly Irian Jaya, after a local youth was stabbed by a migrant trader, police said.

The fire had been put out, but the Entrop market had burned to the ground, police said, adding that local people had attacked the market, which is dominated by migrants from South and Southeast Sulawesi.

There have been stresses between the local people and tens of thousands of migrants sent to the remote province under the former Suharto regime as part of a nationwide campaign aimed at weakening the local independence movement by increasing the number of settlers loyal to Jakarta.

The Antara news agency quoted witnesses as saying a group from a village about a kilometer from the market, which is one of the main ones in Jayapura, had arrived early yesterday armed with bows and arrows, axes and machetes, set fire to the market and seriously injured four people.

The attack followed serious injury to a local youth who had been stabbed by a migrant trader in the market the previous day, it added.

 

IRIAN JAYA MARKET FIRE INJURES 11 DURING FIGHT

JAYAPURA, Irian Jaya, Indonesia (March 27, 2000 – Jakarta Post/Antara/Kabar Irian)---Entropy market here caught fire on Sunday during a fight between residents of different ethnic groups, Antara reported.

At least 11 people were seriously injured in the fight. They were admitted to three hospitals amid tight security by Police Mobile Brigade (Brio) officers.

Four villagers from Jayawijaya regency are reported to be in critical condition at Jayapura General Hospital.

The seven other injured people were traders from Sulawesi. They are being treated at the province's Navy hospital and Army hospital.

The report did not elaborate on the cause of the clash.

Following the fighting, access to Jayapura mayoralty was tightly guarded, with Brio troops watching over the traffic near the mayoralty building.

KABAR IRIAN ("Irian News") Website: http://www.irja.org/ 

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