18 Mar '17, 12pm

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TANJUNG GUSTA, Indonesia — Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki was the object of a forceful gesture yesterday when a Papuan man approached the stage on which he was sitting during a rare indigenous peoples congress now underway in this Sumatran village. “Here are eight arrows — in eight months, a law on our rights should be passed,” Alex Sanggenafa declared in front of Masduki. “Let us make a covenant!” Masduki took the arrows. They were meant for his boss, Joko Widodo. “Send them as a greeting to Mr. President,” Sanggenafa told him. Alex Sanggenafa, left, approaches Teten Masduki during a dialogue session at the fifth congress of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago. Sandra Moniaga of the National Commission on Human Rights looks on. Photo courtesy of AMAN The exchange alluded to the hope Indonesia’s indigenous have placed in Jokowi, as he is popularly...

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