People burn tires during a protest at a road in Manokwari, West Papua, Indonesia, August 19, 2019. Antara Foto/Toyiban/via REUTERS
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Indonesia's police chief said Monday that authorities in the easternmost Papua region were regaining control after protesters set fire to tires and torched a local parliament building over the recent detention of scores of Papuan students.On Monday morning, Papuan protesters set fire to a parliament building and blocked streets in the provincial capital of West Papua, Manokwari, by burning tires and tree branches, paralyzing the town, Deputy Governor Mohamad Lakotani told Kompas TV.Papua police spokesman Ahmad Kamal said by telephone 500 people were involved in the demonstration in Jayapura.Papua and West Papua provinces, the resource-rich western part of the New Guinea Island, make up a former Dutch colony that was incorporated into Indonesia after a widely criticized U.N.-backed referendum in 1969 .
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