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Independence activist Benny Wenda released a press statement calling the shooting an "assassination" and urging the United Nations to intervene.
"There is now indiscriminate shooting taking place on the streets of Jayapura, with residents fleeing in fear. On behalf of my people, I am urging the international community to wake up and help us," he said.
‘UN peacekeeping needed’
"We urgently need a UN peacekeeping force to be put in place and sent to the region. My people are danger in the hand of the Indonesian military and police."
News of the killing brought people out onto the streets of Jayapura and some of them torched shops and vehicles. Television footage showed police inspecting burned out buildings and smoldering cars.