7 Dec 2004

Detained activists in Indonesian province of Papua go on hunger strike

7:37 am on 7 December 2004

Two pro-independence activists being detained by police in the Indonesian province of Papua have gone on a hunger strike.

A police spokesman says the two activists, in police custody in the provincial capital of Jayapura, began refusing all foods on Saturday.

They also made a vow of silence and have refused to answer police questions.

The two were among 20 people arrested last week for taking part in an illegal flag-raising ceremony to commemorate the Papua day of independence.

All political activities supporting independence in the province have been suppressed since Papua became a part of Indonesia in 1969.