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Indon FM protests consulate protest

AAP logoAAP 7/01/2017

Indonesia's foreign minister has urged Australian authorities to act against a trespassing protester who climbed onto the roof of the consulate-general in Melbourne and displayed a West Papuan flag.

A video of Friday's protest shows a man scaling a wall to enter the consulate and climb on the roof to show the flag before climbing down again.

In a statement on Saturday Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said Australian authorities must complete investigations and legally process the "crime perpetrator", describing the intrusion as "absolutely intolerable".

"Australia has the obligation and responsibility to immediately process this lawfully and to ensure the security of all Indonesian missions in Australia," she said.

The minister said she had been in touch with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Saturday to ensure the incident was being investigated and legal process followed.

Victoria Police said in a statement they were assisting Australian Federal Police following the incident. The AFP have been contacted for comment.

Last week Indonesia temporarily suspended military ties with Australia in a spat over teaching materials at a Perth army base that included reference to the independence movement in West Papua, a sensitive topic for the Indonesian military.

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