Troops pour into Papua

April 19, 2005

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Fifteen thousand more soldiers are to be relocated to Papua, bringing the total in the province to 50,000. It is feared that increased military presence will only prompt more persecution of tribal peoples.

Since 1963, when Indonesia took over Papua, an estimated 100,000 Papuans have been killed. The Indonesian army has been responsible for spreading fear, violence and destruction. Introducing more soldiers can only worsen the situation.

Papuan Tribes