9 Jul 2007

Eight West Papuans arrested for raising Morning Star flag

10:14 am on 9 July 2007

Eight West Papuan men and women have been arrested at the end of a four-day Papuan Tribal Congress meeting in Jayapura.

They have been taken to the local police station where they are being interrogated .

Police say the eight were arrested after the West Papuan national flag, the Morning Star was used in the opening ceremony of the conference by a group of

traditional dancers from Manokwari

The congress was attended by participants from seven tribal regions in Papua and West Papua provinces.