Papua nurses arrested over hospital strike

A newspaper in Indonesia’s Papua reports that eight nurses and midwives have been arrested in Jayapura for their involvement in a strike that’s shut down services at the general hospital in Jayapura.

They face charges of inciting their colleagues to strike.

Bintang Papua says the eight nurses are being held by the criminal investigation unit of the Papuan police command.

It reports that police claim there’s sufficient proof the nurses violated the law, forcing others to engage in acts of violence and citing a number of articles in Indonesia’s criminal code.

The paper says the eight detainees have been subjected to prolonged interrogations while other personnel from the hospital have rallied in support of their colleagues.

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