Papuan students protest at racist remark

Papuan students protest at racist remark


18 May, 2010

About 100 Papuan students, grouped under the Papuan Students Solidarity against Racism in Indonesia, rallied outside the West Java provincial government office on Tuesday to protest at a racist remark recently posted by a Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) student on his Facebook account.

Rally coordinator Yohanes Okdinon said the Papuan students were gathering to express their concern about racism which remained an issue in the country.

“We underline that we are part of Indonesia, although we are only a minority. We hope the case will not recur and befall other minority ethnicities,” Okdinon said as quoted by Antara state news agency.

The allegedly racist remark was posted by ITB chemical engineering student Zulfikry Imadul Bilad after a soccer match between Bandung team Persib and defending league champion Persipura from the Papua capital of Jayapura on May 2.

After a public speech, the protesters dispersed and proceeded to the ITB rector’s office on Jl. Taman Sari. Dozens of police officers escorted the students on their way to the ITB campus.