Indonesia criticises Australia for not arresting trespassers at its Melbourne Consulate-General

Indonesia has questioned why Australia is yet to arrest people who "trespassed" on the Indonesian Consulate-General in Melbourne and waved a West Papuan separatist flag when their faces were clearly visible in video footage of the event.

Tensions remain inflamed between the two countries after a defence fracas earlier this month following the discovery of "offensive material" - including an assignment related to West Papuan independence - at a Perth army base.

Within days of the furore a Caucasian man was filmed provocatively holding up the separatist West Papuan "Morning Star" flag, which is banned in Indonesia, on the roof of the Indonesian Consulate-General in Melbourne. Another person filmed the event.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi described the alleged trespass on January 6 as  a "criminal act that is completely intolerable".


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