JAKARTA - The Indonesian police has boosted security in Papua province in easternmost Indonesia ahead of the presidential election on July 8, following some incidents recently by the separatist group, National Police Spokesman Abubakar Nateraprawira said here Friday. The police has sent over 300 personnel from the headquarters and Makassar in South Sulawesi province to help the local security officers in Papua to step up security, the spokesman said.
"We have sent about 300 personnel to back up the security in Papua for the presidential election," he told. Recently, some members of the separatist Free Papua Movement occupied an airport in Papua. Then the airport was freed by police. The Free Papua Movement has long engaged in rebellious activities in Indonesia. They have used both guerrilla and diplomatic ways to achieve their goal.