People hold banners and placards against the recent surge in violent protests in Indonesia's eastern Papua province, at a rally in Denpasar on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on August 22, 2019. / AFP / SONNY TUMBELAKA
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Indonesia has blocked internet access in unrest-hit Papua over fears that a stream of offensive and racists posts online will spark more violent protests in the region, the government said Thursday.Riots and demonstrations brought several Papuan cities to a standstill this week, as buildings were torched and street battles broke out between police and protesters in Indonesia's easternmost territory.Calm appeared to have been mostly restored Thursday after Indonesia sent in 1,200 extra police and military to Papua, with some 45 protesters reportedly arrested.Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto, who goes by one name, flew to the island late Wednesday with the head of the military and Indonesia's national police chief.
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