6 activists stand trial in Indonesia on charges of treason

6 activists stand trial in Indonesia on charges of treason

The Straits Times - Asia·2019-12-19 21:39

JAKARTA (AP) - Five Papuan pro-independence students and a rights activist went on trial on Thursday (Dec 19) on charges of treason after waving morning star flags that are a separatist symbol during a peaceful protest in front of Indonesia's presidential palace.

The rally in the capital, Jakarta, in August was part of weeks of protests triggered by videos that circulated widely on the Internet showing police, backed by soldiers, calling Papuan students "monkeys" and "dogs".

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