Nation-wide rallies in support of West Papua
6 September 2019
Australia-wide rallies in support of West Papuan freedom and independence are to be held in the coming week.
At a time when there is intensified Indonesia repression of West Papuan activists, Australians must stand with their West Papuan brothers and sisters.
A poster with details for all the states and territories accompanies this article.
On the 17th August, Indonesia’s Independence Day, West Papuan students in Surabaya were physically attacked by Indonesian civilians.
They were called monkeys and apes. The attack was backed by the Police who then arrested the West Papuan students and accused them of dirtying the Indonesian flag.
As a result of this incident, Papuans held massive protests actions in all parts of West Papua. The actions have been the largest protests in a very long time. The Parliament buildings were set on fire.
6,000 additional troops were sent to West Papua to quell the protests. The armed forces fired directly into crowds and 6 people so far have been killed. Tear gas and water cannon have been deployed.
Many Papuans have been arrested and are being charged with MAKAR. This is a charge of treason against the State and can lead to life imprisonment.
The internet was shut down for 2 weeks. Four Australians have been deported. As a result of undercover journalists providing media coverage, all overseas tourism to West Papua has been banned.
No journalists are allowed to visit.
What do Papuans want?
The following demands are being put forward by the ULMWP, the United Liberation Movement for West Papua. This is a peak body representing all the civil forces inside West Papua.
It currently has a petition lodged with the U.N. signed by 1,800,000 people calling for a referendum on self-determination. They are seeking to have a vote on this held soon.
It is being sponsored by Vanuatu and supported by many Pacific Island countries and a host of ex- colonial countries in South America and Africa.
WEST PAPUA WHOSE TIME HAS COME DEMANDS A DEMOCRATIC RESOLUTION NOW!
We say NO to all forms of racism and discrimination against Papuan students, children, women and men.
We say YES to Papuans right to self-determination.
* cease all military equipment supplies, military aid, joint exercises and all cooperation with the Indonesian military (TNI) until Indonesia withdraws it from West Papua, compensates all its victims and take steps to have TNI officers suspected of war crimes and human rights abuses face justice