01 Dec '11, 11am

Indonesia opens fire as Papuans raise outlawed flag

Indonesia opens fire as Papuans raise outlawed flag

TIMIKA, Indonesia: Security forces opened fire at a separatist flag-raising ceremony in Indonesia's restive Papua region Thursday, on the 50th anniversary of the region's claim to independence. Around 500 protesters had watched a traditional dance and started cheering and running in a large circle when the region's Morning Star flag was raised on a bamboo pole in the centre, an AFP correspondent at the scene witnessed. Around 120 police and soldiers, along with a military truck, stormed the crowd and opened fire after the main flag was raised. Police kicked and punched protesters on the ground, and detained three of them. Papuan youth activist leader Markus Haluk told AFP that five people had been shot. "At the ceremony in Timika, police and military opened fire, shooting into the air as well as at the crowd. Five people were shot, four of whom are being treated at a hospi...

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