APAC Alert – Thailand: Anti-government protest in Bangkok today

The activist group Thalufah has scheduled an anti-government protest today from 3:00 PM (local time) onwards at the Victory Monument in Bangkok. They have demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. They released statements on their Twitter page condemning a series of alleged failures by the government, including the economic fallout from the COVID-19 […]
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June 4, 2021 APAC Alert – Indonesia: Military and KKB exchange gunfire at Ilaga airport in Papua, Indonesia

There was a gunfight between members of the Airborne Army, Raider 500 and KKB (Free Papua Movement) in the Ilaga airport area yesterday. The Transportation Service Office building which is also the office of the Airport Operator Unit (UPBU) and the Airnav Office in the Puncak-Ilaga Regency was burned by the KKB. The head of […]
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APAC Alert – May 31, 2021 Indonesia: Islamist terrorists arrested in Papua

The national police’s counter-terrorism unit, Densus 88, arrested at least 10 suspected terrorists across districts including Jagebob, Kurik, Tanah Miring, Merauke, and others, in Merauke Regency, Papua, Indonesia on May 28. The arrested individuals are linked to the Islamic State-affiliated Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD). Authorities allege that they were planning suicide bombings and attacks at several churches in the regency. Two of the suspects are a married couple. Densus 88 recovered bladed weapons and firearms at the time of the arrest. The suspects allegedly also had connections to the JAD group responsible for the March suicide bombing in Makassar, Sulawesi. The suspects allegedly also attempted but failed to conduct bombings in 2019 in Merauke.

Assessment: The arrests and planned attacks in Merauke stand out given the rarity of such Islamist incidents in Papua. The presence of such terrorists in Papua has been detected in the past, however at a much lower scale and frequency than in other parts of Indonesia. JAD is known to target minority places of worship in the country, and this plot falls under this. The developments show how there may be a higher risk profile in Merauke due to JAD. They also illustrate how there are radicalized individuals amongst the large population of non-Papuan mainly Javanese Muslims. Transmigration over decades has settled a large number of non-Papuans in Papua. It is likely that more suspects who may be linked to JAD are apprehended in the coming days and weeks, in Merauke regency, and other parts of Papua. There may also be raids in other parts of the country, including in Makassar. Security forces may also increase the monitoring and deployments around churches in Papua to prevent potential attacks.

Advice: Clients in Indonesia are advised to follow the latest developments. Avoid the vicinity of places of worship in Papua. Remain vigilant of possible suspicious behavior by individuals in crowds. Report any suspicious activity or objects to relevant authorities. Exercise caution at all times, especially in public areas such as crowded districts, airports and train stations. Be wary of sites that could likely be targeted by terrorists, including religious sites, government buildings and restaurants frequented by westerners. Adhere to all instructions and advice issued by local authorities. Prepare contingency plans for possible disruptions to supply chain, transportation, and business. Monitor advisories and alerts from APAC Assistance for updates.

May 24 2021 Alert – Indonesia: Death of Vice Governor triggers unrest in Papua

Unrest and vandalism allegedly occurred at the State House that was holding the body of Vice Governor of Papua Klemen Tinal in Jayapura, Papua, on May 22. Tinal died on May 21 in Jakarta due to heart disease. Relatives and supporters of Tinal gathered in Jayapura to pay their respects; they allegedly threw stones while […]
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May 17 2021 APAC Alert – South Asia: (Update) Cyclone Tauktae intensifies in India

Cyclone Tauktae intensified into a “very severe” cyclonic storm in the western coast of India. The main affected cities are Mumbai and Bengaluru, which will see heavy rains in the coming days. Thousands of people were evacuated from low-lying areas. The cyclone has killed at least six people so far. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) […]
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May 14 2021: APAC Alert – India: Cyclone Tauktae warning in India

Tropical cyclone Tauktae is expected to develop and intensify in the Arabian Sea this week, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The disturbance is expected to develop into a tropical storm as soon as today or tomorrow. It is expected to affect western coastal parts of India –Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. Kerala: […]
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March 29, 2021 – Indonesia: Five injured in explosion in West Java

Five people were injured after a powerful explosion occurred at the Balongan oil refinery owned by the Pertamina company, an Indonesian state-owned oil and natural gas corporation. The incident occurred in the Indramayu area of West Java province earlier today. The explosion was allegedly heard up to a radius of dozens of kilometers from the […]
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March 28, 2021 – Myanmar: At least 102 civilians killed in protests across the country

State security forces killed at least another 102 civilians. The fatal incidents occurred across the country in 41 locations in 10 out of the 14 states and regions in the country yesterday. The new fatalities, which included four children, brought the number of people killed in the post Myanmar coup unrest to 429. Protesters poured […]
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March 27, 2021 – Myanmar: Anti-coup activists call for nationwide protests today

Yesterday, Myanmar’s activists called for nationwide anti-coup protests for today as the military rulers mark Armed Forces Day with an annual parade. State-owned MRTV reported the military warned that protesters are at risk of being shot in the head. The calls for major demonstrations to show huge defiance against the military come after a Molotov […]
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March 15, 2021 – Timor Leste: (Update) Government extends lockdown in Dili

The government has extended lockdown measures– the sanitary fence and mandatory confinement– in Dili until April 2. The government has additionally imposed the measures in the municipalities of Baucau and Viqueque until March 29. The decision was taken at an extensive meeting of the Council of Ministers to discuss the COVID-19 measures in force in […]
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