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Protesters Torch Parliament Building in Indonesia's Papua

People burn tires during a protest at a road in Manokwari, West Papua, Indonesia, August 19, 2019.

Thousands of protesters in Indonesia's West Papua province have set fire to a local parliament building.

Vice Gov. of West Papua province Mohammad Lakotani said Monday's demonstration was sparked by accusations that security forces arrested and insulted dozens of Papuan students in the East Java province cities of Surabaya and Malang on Sunday.He said an angered mob set fire to tires and twigs in Manokwari, the provincial capital. Television footage showed orange flames and gray smoke billowing from the burning parliament building.

Several thousand protesters also staged rallies in Jayapura, the capital city of the neighboring province of Papua, where an insurgency has simmered for decades. Many in the crowd wore headbands of a separatist flag.