Violent Protests Continue in Indonesia’s Papua, Officials Reject Call for Independence
Protesters in Indonesia's Papua area burned buildings on Thursday and forced the power company to cut off electricity in the city of Jayapura.
The day's events continue nearly two weeks of unrest in Papua. The demonstrations began after videos of security forces calling Papuan students "monkeys" and "dogs" appeared on the internet.
In addition to protesting the comments, some demonstrators are calling for independence for Papua. The area is a former Dutch colony in the western part of New Guinea. It became part of Indonesia in 1969 but is ethnically and culturally different from much of the rest of the country. A separatist movement has long been active in the area.
But Indonesia's security chief said this week that the country would not hold a vote on Papua's independence.
A statement by security chief Wiranto – who uses only one name – appeared on the news website Kompas.com. He reportedly said, "Demands for a referendum, I think, is out of place. Demands for referendum I think must not be mentioned. Why? Because the unity of the Republic of Indonesia is final."
The state news agency said police used tear gas against demonstrators who set fire to cars and threw stones at shops and offices. Demonstrators have also set fire to a local parliament office. And the state energy company has closed several gas stations because of the protest.
A national military spokesman said more than 1,000 people had taken part in the protest. At least one Indonesian soldier and two civilians have been killed in the clashes.
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1.set fire 放火
The crowds stormed the government building and set fire to the prosecutor's office.
2.cut off 切断
If we start from the south we can cut off their reinforcements.
3.tear gas 催泪瓦斯
And the police battered the protesters with tear gas, shotguns and rubber bullets.
4.out of place 不合适的
I felt out of place in such lush surroundings.
5.In addition to protesting the comments, some demonstrators are calling for independence for Papua.
In addition to 除了
In addition to my weekly wage, I got a lot of tips.
In addition to the killed and wounded, many were missing.
6.A national military spokesman said more than 1,000 people had taken part in the protest.
taken part in 参加
You can take part in activities from canoeing to bird watching.
Cadres have gone down to different grass-roots units to take part in manual labour.
当天的事态是巴布亚持续了近两周动乱的最新发展 。安全部队称巴布亚学生为“猴子”和“狗”的视频被发布到网络上后，示威活动开始了 。
除了抗议这些言论，一些示威者还呼吁巴布亚独立 。该地区曾是荷兰在新几内亚西部的殖民地 。1969年，该地成为印度尼西亚的一部分，但在种族和文化上与该国其他许多地方不同 。长期以来，该地区一直活跃着分离主义运动 。
仅使用一个名字的安全部长维兰托（Wiranto）在新闻网站Kompas.com刊登了一份声明 。据报道，他称：“我认为举行独立公投的要求是不合时宜的 。我认为要求独立投票本不该提出来 。为什么？因为印度尼西亚共和国早已统一 。”
国家通讯社说，警察利用催泪瓦斯对付放火焚烧汽车和向商店和办公室投掷石块的示威者 。示威者还放火焚烧了当地议会办公室 。由于抗议活动，国家能源公司已经关闭了数家加油站 。
国家军方一名发言人表示，超过1000人参加了抗议活动 。至少一名印尼士兵和两名平民在冲突中丧生 。