10 Jul 2003

Papuan separatists get a blunt warning from the Indonesian government

3:30 pm on 10 July 2003

Indonesia's chief security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has renewed his government's warning to separatist in Papua province.

He says they will face tougher action from security forces should they go ahead with their secessionist campaign.

The statement comes just a day after one pro-independence activist was shot dead, two wounded and two arrested after they had raised a separatist flag in the highlands town of Wamena.

The Jakarta Post reports that prior to the shooting police had spoken with the separatists for an hour to try and dissuade them from hoisting the flag.

Earlier this week Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch condemned Indonesia's treatment of peaceful independence activists.