Academic doubts Papua will see Middle East-style uprising

Posted at 01:42 on 25 February, 2011 UTC RNZI

An academic specialising in Papua affairs says it is unlikely that effective popular uprisings like those seen across the Middle East will take place in Indonesia’s Papua region.

The comment by Richard Chauvel from Melbourne’s Victoria University came at this week’s Comprehending West Papua conference in Sydney.

Some delegates at the Sydney University conference claimed that ongoing mass mobilisations demanding change in Arab countries give hope to Papuans frustrated with Indonesian rule.

However, Dr Chauvel says the context is very different in Papua.

“The Indonesian government can contain what happens in Papua in a way that doesn’t affect mainstream Indonesian politics and society. For this Indonesian government and President, there are no votes in Papua. That consensus that Papua is part of Indonesia is still intact.”

Richard Chauvel

4 comments so far

  1. algebra on

    i love it!

  2. Wayne Richard on

    Hi, I simply needed to come here to let you know that your blog is very informative. I need information about visa to visit West Papua which I believe is open for foreign tourists, right? Would you please advise me on several other things such as tourist destinations, transportation and accommodation. Thanks a lot.



  3. Kolef on

    100 % agree !

  4. gallic on

    you’re right ! Immoral and Irresponsible academic should not be listened. Thanks

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