Deadly riots broke out yesterday in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, shattering a recent calm that followed an outburst of violence caused by alleged racism. This month, Indonesia's government - grappling with the mid-August violence in Papua and West Papua provinces - flew in journalists from Jakarta to the West Papua provincial capital of Manokwari to show that life was back to normal.
Life on the main streets of Manokwari, the West Papua provincial capital, had returned to normal when The Straits Times visited the area on Sept 11 and 12, about three weeks after the incidents in Surabaya, Java, that sparked the unrest.
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