Police Arrest 6 KNPB Activists in Wamena, West Papua
Six activists from West Papua National Committee (KNPB) have been arrested by Indonesia Police In Pucak Jaya (Wamena) for distributing leaflets for demonstrations on May 2nd
According to Victor Yeimo as international spokesperson for KNPB, the names of the KNPB’s activist were, Baroy Sambom (24), Etus Wandik (29), Victor Kepno (19), Yarimi Yare (10), Agustinus Mabel (20), Tohmas Loho (21). Victor Yeimo stated:
“We received information directly from Simion Dabi, chairman of KNPB in Wamena, that the six men are still being questioned by Indonesian Police. We are disappointed that Indonesian Police are still closing the door on democracy [in West Papua].”
Terror and Force by Indonesian Army in West Papua
Meanwhile, in Jayapura, West Papua reported that the last condition is heating up. Many Indonesian troops patrolling while plugging the red and white flag (Indonesian flag) on every street corner. They also forced the West Papuans to fly the red and white flag in front of their homes to commemorate the annexation of Papua into Indonesia on May 1, 1962.
KNPB through the demo coordinator, Mako Tabuni has announced to the people of West Papua that they should not to be affected by the provocation of the TNI (Indonesian Military) and stay focused on the agenda of the demonstration on May 2nd.
According to its plan, the KNPB will organize the people of West Papua to commemorate the annexation as the beginning of oppression in Papua under Indonesian control through demonstration and by demanding a referendum for West Papuan independence.