Indonesia’s Struggle with Democracy Promotion in Papua

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(Papua Story – Paris)

Philippe Pataud Celerier tries to simplify the problem in Papua and West Papua provinces by accusing the Indonsian democracy stops in Papua. A very immature analysis based on unconvincing data and weak arguments.

The real situation is that Indonesia after 1998 is still struggling to consolidate democracy as the single political system adopted throughout more than 17 thousand islands. Indonesia’s democracy is still in transition. There are many reasons for optimism that the old authoritarian-militarism is indeed dead and that democracy is at last emerging.  We can see the development of free press, robust civil society, and the role of political parties as agents of change in both Papua and West Papua.

Anyone with a keen memory of the New Order policy in Papua and West Papua will easily detect the huge different in Papua and West Papua now. However, anyone with cruel intention for personal gain like Benny Wenda in the UK will never be able to see the truth in Papua and West Papua. Unfortunately, a small number of Western observers were blinded by the propaganda and campaign of baseless freedom movement. Those western observers have been used by several opportunist Papuans in Australia and several other countries will fuel more conflict in Papua and West Papua. At the end of the day, people will suffer.

Stop supporting separatism and terrorism in Papua and West Papua. Support democracy in Papua and West Papua !

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