3 West Papuans enter Australian consulate in Bali

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Associated Press

Posted on October 6, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 6 at 3:33 AM

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — A student group says three activists from Indonesia's restive West Papua province breached security to enter the Australian consulate in Bali calling for leaders attending an economic summit on the island to pressure the Indonesian government to release political prisoners.

The Alliance of Papuan Students says the men entered the compound early Sunday. They handed over a letter that asked Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and other leaders push Indonesia to free 55 people imprisoned for "discussing their political and human rights beliefs," according to a copy of the hand-written letter released by the group.

The Australian government confirmed that the Papuans delivered a protest letter to the consulate and left voluntarily before 7 a.m.

Indonesia is highly sensitive to the separatist struggles in Papua, a former Dutch colony.

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