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Jayapura Residents Demand Referendum

November 15, 2011,20111115-366713,uk.html

1) Jayapura Residents Demand Referendum
Tuesday, 15 November, 2011 | 17:27 WIB

TEMPO Interactive, Jayapura, Papua:Thousands on Monday demanded a referendum in Jayapura, Papua. The crowd rallied from Abepura to Taman Imbi in Jayapura, covering the distance of about 10 kilometers. “The struggle never dies. There are only two words: keep fighting,” said Mako Tabuni, the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) deputy-chairman, on Monday afternoon.

The residents carried posters and banners exclaiming their demand for a referendum. The crowd also carried the United Nations flag and pamphlets containing logo of the Morning Star. The protest was escorted by fully armed police squad. “We expect to see no anarchy,” said Comr. Arie Sirait, the Abepura Sector Police chief.

The rally resulted in traffic gridlock within Jayapura all the way to Sentani. Dozens of shops and kiosks were closed. The protestors also shouted, “Papua,” answered by, “Freedom.”

“We ask everyone to participate. We demand for referendum, not dialog,” said Victor Kogoya, the Jayapura KNPB Coordinator.


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