AWPA Celebrates West Papuan National Flag Day: 1st December
West Papuan National Flag Day. 1st December
We are all aware that the 1st of December is West Papuan National Day or National flag day . Its now fifty three years since the Morning Star flag was flown officaly for the first time on the 1st of December 1961. The West Papuan people continue to raise their flag as an act of celebration but also of protest against the injustices they suffer under Indonesian rule. They can face up to 15 years jail for doing so.
In Sydney there are usually flag raising events in support of the West Papuan people. More detail of this year events later. However, both Marrickville and Leichhardt council have raised the flag on their Town Halls. It has also been raised outside the Indonesian Consulate in Sydney in the past few years , organised by Anthony Craig (DLP). Marrickville Council is committed to raising it every year but it has to go before Leichhardt Council every year for a council vote. I have written this year and will let people know if approved.
As individuals we can also contribute to raising awareness about West Papua on the 1st December.
By wearing a West Papuan t-shirt or badge or writing articles/opinion pieces for your church/trade union newsletter. All these simple actions will help raise the issue of West Papuan in the minds of the Australian public. Eko from Indonesian Solidarity has “ Free West Papua political prisoner” T-shirts available for sale. He can be contacted at suroboyo45
West Papuan flags can be bought from various flag shops in Australia.
Benny Wenda is calling this year for a global day of action for West Papua. On 1st December the Free West Papua Campaign is calling on people all around the world to take pictures of themselves holding or raising the West Papuan Morning Star flag in solidarity with the people of West Papua. Please take part and share the photos on social media to build a truly global picture of the support for a Free West Papua. Details at http://freewestpapua.org/2014/11/04/global-day-of-action-to-raise-the-morning-star/