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Indonesia: Car accident involving child sparks widespread violence and displacement in Papua

Publisher Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)
Publication Date 27 June 2012
Cite as Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), Indonesia: Car accident involving child sparks widespread violence and displacement in Papua , 27 June 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4fec45b62.html [accessed 24 July 2014]
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On June 6, a soldier was stabbed to death and another injured by villagers in Honai Lama district, in the central highlands, when a child was hit and injured by a military vehicle. Several hundred soldiers and policemen were reported to have violently retaliated by stabbing and beating villagers, while burning motor vehicles, buildings and houses. According to local sources, 72 houses were burned and many of the displaced fled to the forest for safety, or stayed with relatives.

With the government referring to the violence as "small-scale", Amnesty International has urged for a proper investigation and Human Rights Watch is now calling on the government to lift the restrictions on independent reporting.

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