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The Road: Uprising in West Papua

John Martinkus

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Black Inc
16 March 2020
History; Society & culture: general; Politics & government; International relations
They all know the history; they have all grown up with the repression. They have grown up fighting. They have seen their leaders shot and jailed. They live with the military post on the corner. The searches, the document checks, the beatings, the arrests, the surveillance and the swaggering, casual violence of the Indonesian army and police. They all have one thing in common- an overwhelming desire to right a historic wrong.

The West Papuan independence movement has reignited, and Indonesian troops are cracking down. Chemical weapons have been deployed, hundreds of people killed, tens of thousands displaced - all on Australia's doorstep. And almost no one is writing about it.

In The Road, investigative reporter John Martinkus gives a gripping, up-to-date account of the province's descent into armed conflict and suppression. Replete with vivid detail, new information and photos not seen anywhere else, this revelatory work of journalism shows how and why a highlands road triggered an uprising, and where this might all lead.
By:   John Martinkus
Imprint:   Black Inc
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   144g
ISBN:   9781760642426
ISBN 10:   1760642428
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   16 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

John Martinkus is a Walkley Award-nominated investigative reporter on the Asia region. His eyewitness account of East Timor's struggle for independence, A Dirty Little War, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. His other books include Travels in American Iraq, Indonesia's Secret War in Aceh and the Quarterly Essay Paradise Betrayed- West Papua's Struggle for Independence.

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