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Indonesia experiences election-related violence

National election polls in Indonesian closed today, and as elections officials tally the results, the island nation rebounds from an outbreak of violence. FSRN’s new reporter in Jakarta, Belinda Lopez has more.

Five people were killed in Indonesia Thursday in violence that marred largely peaceful national elections. Authorities say a group of 100 people armed with arrows and Molotov cocktails attacked a police station near Jayapura, the capital of restive Papua province. In response, police shot and killed one person. Police claim the group intended to disrupt the elections. Separately, three non-Papuan motorcycle taxi drivers were stabbed to death, while a girl died in a suspected firebombing of a fuel depot.. Police also exchanged fire with unidentified gunmen near the Papua New Guinea border. No violence was reported in the former separatist stronghold of Aceh, despite international concern and the murders of five former rebels in the lead up to the election. Exit polls indicate show President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party is in the leading position with about 20 percent of the vote. Belinda Lopez, FSRN, Jakarta.

Shadow falls in the peaceful democratic election

Millions ordinary Papuan keep their mouth shut in silence and deeply concerned about growing violence created and supported by independence movement abroad especially from the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. West Papua on the eve of the Indonesian parliamentary elections was disturbed by a successful scenario of conflict by Richard Samuelson and Benny Wenda to increase the tension among people in West Papua. We believe that recent events underscore the need for a careful approach to the problems in West Papua, and that there is an urgent need for Indonesian security (Police) to be alert by such cruel intention. Continue reading

Minister: Pre-election violence kills five in Papua

Jakarta – Indonesia sent extra police Thursday to the rebellious Papua region after five people were killed inattacks hours before voting began in the country’s legislative elections, the security minister said Thursday. The attacks were “a deliberate attempt to sabotage the elections,” tarnishing an otherwise peaceful vote nationwide, said Coordinating Minister for Security and Political Affairs Widodo Adisucipto.

Men armed with arrows, sickles and petrol bombs attacked a police post in the Papuan provincial capital, Jayapura, before dawn Thursday, prompting police to open fire, killing one person, Widodo said. Continue reading