Riot Breaks Out In Downtown Denpasar Bali

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A riot broke out between police officers and college students from West Papua in Denpasar city on Wednesday morning (1/12).

A group of college students from the Alliance of Papua College Students (AMP) gathered in front of Casa Bunga that is located on Jalan Raya Puputan, Renon Denpasar on Wednesday morning to celebrate the 60th year of West Papua Independency Declaration. The protest was to put pressure on the Indonesian government to grant them the liberty to stand on their own.

Bali Police Vehicles

The protest that began at around 8:10 am ended up in chaos as the Society Organization ‘Patriot Garuda Nusantara’ (PGN) confronted the group.

“Before conducting our protest, we have asked permission from Bali Police Department and Bali Legal Aid Agency (LBH), but the PGN still confronted us by throwing rocks.” Yesaya said.

As a result, several participants were injured in the incident.

“12 of our members were injured, but nobody was arrested,” Yesaya added. Meanwhile the Head of PGN, Gus Yadhi explained that PGN attempted to stop the protest as they were concerned it would escalate and create a big problem for Indonesia. He also claimed that some of the AMP members were not college students.

Bali POlice

“Some of them were allegedly not from Papua, so I propose the police to investigate the group.” Yadhi concluded.

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