It was a sunny Thursday on 8 October 2015 when a group of Catholic clergy marched down the street in Abepura to demand justice.
Abepura is well-known in West Papua as a centre of activism, and the clergy were seeking answers and accountability for the victims of the Bloody Paniai case. In 2014, Indonesian soldiers opened fire on Papuan protesters who were angry over the beating of a group of children in Paniai. Human Rights Watch reported that six were killed and many others injured.
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