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100 Residents Clash in Protest Against New Indonesian Province - 2003-08-24

At least 100 people clashed on the Indonesian island of Papua Sunday, in the second such protest in as many days over the the creation of a new province there.

Sunday's violence centered around the new governor's office in the town of Timika in Central Papua province. The province is one of three the Indonesian government recently carved out of Papua, which borders independent Papua New Guinea.

Media reports say protesters and supporters of the new province threw stones, but it is not clear whether anyone was hurt.

The clash followed protests Saturday, when opponents tried to disrupt a ceremony establishing the new government.