INDONESIA’S PAPUA ROAD PROJECT SUSPENDED AMID SECURITY THREAT
The government in Jakarta has decided to suspend construction work on some parts of the trans-Papua road project following reports that armed Papuan rebels have allegedly killed dozens of workers in Nduga regency, Papua, The Jakarta Post reports. The Police is investigating reports that 31 construction workers were shot dead by separatist rebels, the public works minister said Tuesday. On Saturday, Papuan activist held rallies commemorating the 57th anniversary of Papua declaring itself an independent nation. The protests led to hundreds of demonstrators being arrested and violent clashes with nationalist counter-protesters in some locations.