Tasha Wibawa and Nurina Savitri – At least one soldier and two civilians have died in the latest violence in the embattled Indonesian province of Papua.
Since last week thousands of people have taken to the streets across Indonesia's easternmost territory for protests believed to have been initially sparked by racist comments made towards Papuan students in Surabaya over allegations of a damaged flagpole.
More than 1.8 million people called for an independence referendum in Indonesia's West Papua province by delivering a petition to the UN Human Rights chief.
Indonesia's national police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo told the ABC a riot started as 150 residents protested in front of the office of the local regent in the town of Deiyai.
The protesters were demanding another referendum on whether the region should remain part of Indonesia.
However, the ABC has received conflicting information about how the events unfolded.
According to police, authorities had arrived to negotiate with protesters when people armed with bow and arrows, machetes and spears attacked security forces.
However, local media outlet Suara Papua (Voice of Papua) reported that riots began when the national military and police force fired shots at the crowd when they attempted to enter the office.
Police said a soldier and a civilian were killed by arrows, and another civilian died after being shot in the leg.
Mr Prasetyo said six officers were injured and that two of those were in a critical condition.
He said the situation was back under control and the victims would be evacuated today. Reports said multiple civilians had also been injured.
Internet restrictions continue
Information coming from the region is difficult to gather as an internet blackout remains in place.
In a statement, Indonesia's Ministry of Communications and Information said the internet had been restricted to stop the spread of misinformation and "hoaxes".
Indonesia's Minister for Communications and Information, Rudiantara, told CNN Indonesia the block was needed to restore safety and calm.
Yesterday, a spokesperson from the ministry said it was unclear when the internet would be restored.
West Papuan student activist Wiwince Pigome, who is studying at Curtin University, told the ABC it had been difficult getting in contact with her family back home.
"The internet is only open in banks and government offices so people have to go near there to get Wi-Fi," she said.
Ms Pigome said there was no other way to get messages from home or to know what was really happening in the region.
"Yesterday afternoon I managed to get a text message through... but they can't really talk [because of fear] that their phone has been hacked," she said. "We can't really talk about anything because they are traumatised."
Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman told the ABC protests began over perceived ethnic discrimination and racism, and have now turned into a rallying call for a new referendum on independence.
Protesters have been seen in videos flying the West Papua morning star flag, which is banned by Indonesia, and chanting "Free West Papua".
Many Indonesians are also throwing their support behind the demands, and pressure is mounting on the Indonesian Government to respond, Ms Koman said.
West Papua and Papua, often referred to collectively as West Papua, are the easternmost provinces of Indonesia.
Indonesia's acquisition of West Papua has been the cause of tension and controversy for more than 60 years, following a United Nations-backed referendum which has since been internationally criticised.
According to the Indonesian Centre of Statistics and the World Bank, West Papua's regional GDP per capita is significantly higher than the national average, mainly due to mining.
However, it is also the most impoverished region in the country with the highest mortality rates in children and expectant mothers, as well as the poorest literacy rates.