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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Feb. 23) – A group of Papuan students has reportedly attacked an office building used by U.S. gold mining company Freeport in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

The Jakarta Post reports that up to 20 Papuan students broke windows and damaged facilities in the lobby of the building in the pre-dawn attack yesterday, and 13 people have since been arrested in connection with the incident.

Freeport McMoran closed its Grasberg mine in Papua province for a second day running yesterday after villagers set up barricades, demanding permission to sift through the mine waste for valuable minerals.

The blockades followed clashes on a road outside the mine on Tuesday that left at least five people injured.

The company says it hopes to resume operations soon, but the mine remains closed, while its negotiations with the alleged illegal miners continue.

February 24, 2006

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