Shots Reportedly Fired During West Papua Student Protest

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Student rallied in Jayapura calling for release of political prisoners

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, April 2, 2014) – There are reports emerging of heavily armed police breaking up a student protest in the Indonesian province of West Papua that was calling for the release of political prisoners.

The protest in West Papua's capital, Jayapura, is said to have begun at 8.30am local time, before armed police turned up 3 hours later to try and disperse the crowd.

The students retaliated by throwing stones at police.

The police retaliated by firing several shots, before the students fled.

No further information is currently available.

[PIR editor’s note: The protest in Jayapura came at the same time that "Protests are underway in New Zealand today as part of international action calling on Indonesia to release West Papua's political prisoners."]

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