Thousands Rally in West Papua to Demand Independence

Thousands Rally in West Papua to Demand Independence

Thousands Rally in West Papua to Demand Independence Indonesia, News, Pacific, Vanuatu, West Papua
May 3, 2011

Thousands of people of West Papua Rally to Demand Referendum

by Victor Yeimo and sources
via West Papua Action Network

Thousands of the people of West Papua, coordinated by the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), held rallies across Papua today to demand referendum to be held in West Papua.

The demonstration was to commemorate the illegal occupation by Indonesia in West Papua in May 1, 1961.

They also give full mandate to the government of Vanuatu, International Lawyers for West Papua (ILWP) and International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP) to bring the political issue of West Papua to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The rally was carried out from Sentani, Abepura and Jayapura. Many people came from every regency, town and city; many participants from Students, Indonesia security force victims, and the witnesses of Pepera 1969 (the illegal act of Free choice). The streets along the city of Abe, Jayapura and Sentani were brought to complete standstill with no activities able to occur other than the rallies.

At the Lingkaran Abe, the central of city in Abepura, there was a mass sit-in, where open platform speeches were made by participants, and a joint petition was signed.

According to Victor Yeimo, International Spokesperson of KNPB, this rally was held to demonstrate to the Indonesian and international community that the people of West Papua want self-determination thought a Referendum as a final and democratic solution. “We want to show Indonesia and the international community that we are not just a handful of people who want independence. All people of West Papua want to be free”.

Mako Tabuni, KNPB vice chairman, read the petition and invited the people of West Papua to unite, and support the legal process which is being driven at the international level. Benny Wenda as a West Papuan leader in exile, also spoke directly from London via mobile to the thousands of people of West Papua at the rally..

This peaceful demonstration ended at 5:00 P.M. The KNPB also invited West Papuan people to join the next demonstrations to be held across all of West Papua.

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