Protesters burn buildings in Indonesia's Papua after alleged racist remark by teacher

Papua police chief Rudolf Alberth Rodja says demonstration was sparked by rumors that a high school teacher in Papua's Wamena city called students 'monkeys.'

Published: 23rd September 2019 12:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd September 2019 12:57 PM   |  A+A-

Rodja says a police investigation did not find any racist comments made about the students. ( Photo | AP )

By Associated Press

JAKARTA: Hundreds of protesters in Indonesia's restive Papua province have set fire to homes and other buildings.

Papua police chief Rudolf Alberth Rodja says Monday's demonstration was sparked by rumors that a high school teacher in Papua's Wamena city called students "monkeys."

He says the angry mob set fire to local government buildings, shops, homes and motorbikes.

Television footage showed black smoke billowing from the burning buildings.

Rodja says a police investigation did not find any racist comments made about the students.

Monday's protest came days after Indonesian authorities managed to get the province under control after weeks of violent protests against racism in the region, where an insurgency has simmered for decades.

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