Several thousand Papuans march for independence

JAYAPURA, Indonesia, Oct. 16 (Reuters) – About 2,000 people
rallied in the capital of Indonesia’s Papua province on
Thursday, calling for independence for the remote, resource-rich
area in the far east of the country.

Shouting “freedom,” some protesters carried banners saying
“Review the act of no choice in 1969,” referring to a disputed
vote that led to Papua being formally incorporated into
Indonesia.

Papua, which occupies the western half of New Guinea island, was
under Dutch colonial rule until 1963, when Indonesia took over.
Jakarta formalised its rule in 1969 in a vote by community
leaders which was widely criticised as flawed.

Protest organisers said the march was timed to coincide with a
gathering of parliamentarians in the British capital London on
Wednesday in support of self determination for Papua.

About 10 trucks of police sought to block the marchers, although
there were no reports of violence.

Separatist groups have stepped up protests in Papua in recent
months. There have also been several small bomb blasts,
including at an airport in Papua and near a copper mine run by
the local unit of U.S. mining firm Freeport McMoRan Copper &
Gold Inc.

Police also arrested five people this week after an unidentified
group hoisted a banned separatist flag in front of a local
government office in Nabire.

(Reporting by Oka Barta Daud and John Pakage in Timika; Writing
by Ed Davies; Editing by Paul Tait)

3 comments so far

  1. otto on

    Viva tribal people !!!

  2. Brad on

    In the name of human rights we must help them though..!

  3. harry on

    Do you have update information on yusak and filep?


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