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Amid protests, Indonesia blocks internet access

ANI | August 22, 2019 03:51 PM
Indonesia security minister, Wiranto, and the country's police chief, General Tito Karnavian have reached Papua region to oversee the government security operation.

Jakarta [Indonesia], Aug 22 (ANI): Indonesia has blocked internet access in West Papua region and deployed extra military and police personnel to the region amid ongoing protests.

The protests in the region erupted last week in the West Papua region after students in East Java alleged police of mistreatment and racial abuse, reported Al Jazeera.

Indonesia security minister, Wiranto, and the country's police chief, General Tito Karnavian have reached Papua region to oversee the government security operation.

Indonesia's information ministry has said the decision to "temporarily block" internet communication starting on Wednesday is meant "to accelerate the process of restoring the security and order situation in Papua and the surrounding areas".

The order will stand "until the situation in Papua returned to being conducive and normal," according to the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology's official website.

However Information minister Rudinatara has confirmed the shutdown saying that it is restricted to data, people can "can still make and receive calls, and send and receive text messages".

Police have arrested at least 34 people so far in Timika, Indonesia state media Antara news agency reported. (ANI)

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