JAKARTA, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian police have foiled a plan by separatists in west Papua to establish a transient administration of an independent state, police said here Wednesday.
Spokesman of Indonesian national police Inspector General Setyo Wasisto said that police had seized all attributes and banners before the planned inauguration event kicked off on Tuesday outside Cendrawasih university.
"When we were snatching the banners and the attributes they (the participants) immediately dispersed themselves just before the event commenced," Wasisto said at Jakarta Convention Center.
The spokesman said that police had found invitation letters widely distributed before the event, which were signed by Yoab Syatfle who claimed himself as prime minister of the transient administration of the planned state, said Wasisto.
The invitation was directed to all ethnic groups and the people of Papua, according to the police.
Papua is home to the Free Papua Movement separatist group, which has engaged in guerrilla wars to establish an independent state.