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26 killed as violence re-erupts in Indonesia's Papua province

Students gather in major cities to protest against a string of controversial bills

JAKARTA -- At least 26 people were killed in a re-eruption of violence in Indonesia's restive Papua province on Monday, while unrest is sweeping other parts of the country in mounting student protests against a string of controversial bills.

Students in the small Papua town of Wamena, enraged by an alleged racist incident against a fellow student, held a rally on Monday that quickly turned violent. Joined by some local residents, protesters set fire to government offices, public facilities and vehicles.

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