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Uneasy calm hovers over West Papua

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.

An uneasy calm hovers over Indonesia's two eastern-most provinces of Papua and West Papua following violent demonstrations last month in which five people died.

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 24, 2019, with the headline 'Uneasy calm hovers over West Papua'. Print Edition | Subscribe