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Protests against 1969 annexation of West Papua held in three Java cities

July 21, 2014

Protests against 1969 annexation of West Papua held in three Java cities

Selangkah Magazine – July 15, 2014

Admin MS, Yogyakarta — Insisting that the annexation of West Papua into the
Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) through the 1969 referendum
(Pepera) was done undemocratically and was a gross human rights violation, the
Papuan Students Alliance (AMP) has held peaceful actions in several university
cities in Java.

In the Central Java provincial capital of Semarang, the AMP took to the
streets calling for a review of the 1969 Pepera saying that it was done under
pressure from the Indonesian military so that Papua would become part of

Semarang city AMP chairperson Otis Tabuni told Selangkah Magazine that the
1969 Pepera should have been done with the highest respect for the choice of
each individual of the Papuan nation under the principles of one person one
vote, but instead what took place was a consensus process where 1026 people
selected by Indonesia were allowed to represent the around 800,000 Papuan
people at the time.

In a press release the AMP made three demands. First, that the 1969 Pepera was
undemocratic and called for a referendum to be held for the Papuan people.

Second, calling for the withdrawal of all organic and non-organic military and
police (TNI-Polri) from the land of Papua in order to put an end to all forms
of humanitarian crimes by the Indonesian state against the Papuan people.

Third, close down and halt all exploitative activities by multi-national
corporations throughout the land of Papua owned by imperialists countries
including Freeport, BP, LNG Tangguh, Medco and Corindo.

And finally, a demand that Papuans be given the freedom to determine their own
future as a democratic solution for the Papuan people.

In the Central Java city of Yogyakarta, hundreds of protesters from the
Yogyakarta city AMP were again blocked at Jl. Kusuma Negara by a joint force
comprising hundreds of police and Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officers as well as
a social organisation called the Police and Community Partnership Forum (FKPM)
that claimed to represent Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X.

The protesters were not allowed to continue the action to the nearby zero
kilometre point in front of the central post office as detailed in the letter
of notification that had been submitted to police.

The police along with the FKPM blockaded the road. In fact there were around
12 tactical police unit (Sabhara) trucks and 17 police and Brimob patrol cars
that collaborated to halt the AMP demonstration.

This was precisely the same as what happened at an AMP action on July 1 when
they were commemorating the proclamation of West Papuan independence in
Victoria on July 1, 1971.

In the West Java provincial capital of Bandung meanwhile, protesters from the
AMP also took to the streets with the same demands.

The Papuan students from the AMP demanded that the Pepera be held again saying
that the 1969 Pepera was not in accordance with international law and ridden
with intimidation and terror.

[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service.]


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