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Thousands of Papuans Demand Referendum

February 21, 2012,20120221-385415,uk.html

1) Thousands of Papuans Demand Referendum
Tuesday, 21 February, 2012 | 14:53 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:Thousands supporting the West Papua National Committee thronged the Papua People Assembly building in Kotaraja, Jayapura, on Monday. The protesters demanded for a referendum and for the Papua and West Papua Development Acceleration Unit (UP4B) to be disbanded.

“We don’t want UP4B. We’re not looking for special autonomy, we want a referendum,” said Mako Tabuni, the National Committee spokesman on Monday.

Mako said that freedom for Papua could not be compromi sed. Special autonomy, as stipulated in Law No. 21/2001, has failed to bring welfare for the Papuans. “Special autonomy has failed, the unit won’t work either. It’s only sugar-coated politics for Papua sent from Jakarta,” Mako went on.


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