Indonesians React To Violent Protests Against Racism In West Papua

On August 17, Indonesia’s Independence Day, a group of Papuan students were accused of vandalizing the Indonesian flag and were subsequently arrested by the Indonesian police. In response, violent protests demanding justice for the students erupted in West Papua, and the Indonesian government deployed additional military and police forces to contain the situation.

In light of this escalating conflict, how do ordinary Indonesians feel about Papuan people and the current situation? What do they think is the most ideal solution to resolve this ongoing tension? Our Asian Boss reporter Ramzy hit the streets of Jakarta to find out.

The opinions expressed in this video are those of individual interviewees alone and do not reflect the views of ASIAN BOSS or the general Indonesian population.