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Papua violence shows Indonesia's fragile grip on eastern provinces

Revival of independence calls come despite Jokowi push to develop region

JAKARTA -- Viral videos of soldiers and security officers racially abusing Papuan students have triggered a fresh wave of violence and revived calls for independence in Indonesia's restive east.

In one clip, soldiers called the students "dogs," "pigs" and "monkeys" as they tried to force them out of dorms in Surabaya city, East Java, over their alleged mistreatment of Indonesia's national flag. Rights groups said local mobs added fuel to the fire by joining the soldiers outside the dorms, yelling slogans such as "Slaughter Papua!"

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