JAYAPURA - Indonesian police have shot and injured 11 people at a pro-independence rally in Papua province. Four are in a critical condition at the Nabire Regional Public Hospital. The demonstrators were urging an election boycott of Thursday's parliamentary elections on Thursday and July's presidential election.
The demonstrators were also protesting about a police raid of the pro-independence organisation, the West Papuan National Committee. They claim police set fire to the office and took 15 people to the Nabire police station. A separatist movement has been simmering for decades in Papua, on the western half of New Guinea island.