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West Papua Action Network: Washington DC.Teens for West Papua

May 17, 2017

The West Papuan people, members of an indigenous Melanesian culture, are currently fighting for their lives to gain independence from Indonesia. West Papua is a small island in the Pacific currently incorporated into the Indonesian empire. However, the indigenous people living their were never given the opportunity to self govern their Island due to Indonesian military intimidation. Since the 1960’s the Indonesian military has been systematically stripping the West Papuans of their basic human rights in order to stifle their voices. West Papua is full of rich natural resources which is why the Indonesian government does not want to give up its control. Please stand in solidarity with the West Papuan independence leaders like Herman Wainggai in order to hold Indonesia accountable for their crimes.

Photos: Protests outside Indonesian Embassy Washington D.C, March 18, 2017

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