Probe Papua rally deaths: Amnesty

AFP-JIJI

Amnesty International has urged Indonesia to investigate the deaths of three Papua independence activists who were gunned down as they protested 50 years of Jakarta’s control over the restive region.

Two men were killed last week at an antigovernment rally in Sorong, western Papua, and a woman died in a hospital Tuesday from gunshot wounds sustained at the protest, according to Amnesty and witnesses.

Those in attendance said police opened fire on the peaceful demonstration. The police deny shooting the activists and say they fired over protesters’ heads in retaliation for being attacked.