After The Riots In West Papua, The Indonesian Government Cut Off The Local Network

Date:Aug 27, 2019


From August 19th to 21st, there was a large-scale riot in West Papua, Indonesia. Local students and residents held protests against the Indonesian police and army.

After a large-scale riot, the Indonesian government cut off local Internet communications to prevent the spread of provocative and provocative information.

The riots of Papua’s localism began on August 17th, the Indonesian Independence Day. On the eve of the Indonesian Independence Day, students from a university in Surabaya threw a number of Indonesian flags hanging from the dormitory into the ditch. The next day, the Indonesian police arrested 43 Papua students at the university dormitory and went to the police station for interrogation. After police interrogation, these students were released that night.

On August 19th, about 150 Papua protesters lit tires and branches, burned a parliament building in Manokwari, the capital of West Papua, and blocked the road around the parliament building. The city centre and nearby markets, ports and shopping centers where the parliament building is located are also affected.

Police spokesman Ahmed Kamal of Papua, Indonesia, said that Jayapura also had a protest of about 500 people on August 19.

Indonesian police spokesman Didi Prasettio said the police are trying to calm the situation. "The negotiations and communication are underway and the situation is under control."

The Indonesian Institute of Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) criticized the authorities for cutting off Internet communications in Papua. It is believed that the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of Indonesia has made the people’s right to information silent.
ICJR Executive Director Anggara said that the termination of the visit can only be carried out in violation of the law, and not on the entire access network service. In addition, restrictions on overall communication services may undermine broader interests.
According to him, if it wants to cut off the entire communication service, the government must declare the country at risk.