West Papua News

21 10 2011

Sydney Morning Herald,

21 Oct 2011

Bodies at West Papua barracks Tom Allard and Dan Oakes October 21, 2011 [cid:image001.jpg@01CC8FFA.C6C77C60] Police arrest attendees of the Third Papuan People Congress in Abepura. Photo: Reuters THE discovery of two bodies behind a barracks after the bloody crackdown on an independence rally has strengthened claims by West Papuan activists that Indonesian security personnel killed protesters. Shots were fired, activists were savagely beaten and more than 300 people arrested as Indonesian military and police dispersed several thousand delegates to the Third Papuan People’s Congress after they declared independence from Jakarta and elected a president and prime minister. Police spokesman Wachyono confirmed yesterday two people had died and their bodies had been found behind the 172 Military Resort Office in Abepura, about 500 metres from the oval where the congress was held. One of the dead men was student Dani Kabepa. The other has yet to be named but was found with his security uniform stripped from his body, indicating he was a member of Petapa, the West Papuan paramilitary guard formed to protect Forkorus Yaboisembut, the man delegates elected as their leader. Numerous witness accounts relayed how security forces rounded up prisoners, beating some savagely. There are unverified claims people were shot at point-blank range and bundled into armoured personnel carriers and other vehicles. Mr Wachyono said 30 people had been injured in beatings that were in self-defence. Most of those arrested have been released, but Mr Yaboisembut and his deputy Edison Waromi were still in custody. He said shots were fired by police, but only in the air as a crowd-control tactic. ”[Security forces] had to open fire to the air as shock therapy because they were outnumbered,” he said. ”We went into congress compound only to get people who must be responsible for what they did. We didn’t go for any ordinary people.” How the two dead died is unclear. They will have autopsies. Activist Elias Petege said at least two people were in hospital with gunshot wounds. ”There are five people at the Dian Harapan Hospital who suffered several wounds from yesterday’s riot. Two of them got wounds from bullets. ”One is a woman, Ana Ana Adi, 41. She has got wounds at her right thigh. Pilatus Wetipo, 40, was shot in the right leg. Wiler Hobi (22) has some wounds in his head because of being beaten by the weapon, the other two have blistered wounds,” he said. The violent end to the congress prompted calls for Australia to scrap aid to Indonesia’s military and police. ”This is the latest in a series of escalating acts of repression by the Indonesian military in West Papua,” Victorian Greens senator Richard Di Natale said. ”The Australian government cannot sit on its hands while these appalling acts continue to occur,” he said. ”The Minister for Defence should immediately announce a suspension of defence co-operation with Indonesia, until this matter is properly investigated and the [Indonesian] President has committed to open dialogue with Papuan leaders.” West Papua’s Melanesian population has chafed at rule from Jakarta since the former Dutch colony was incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 after a hotly disputed plebiscite of 1025 people. Despite its natural resources, the region is Indonesia’s poorest, and a special autonomy deal introduced in 2001 to give it political and economic rights has mostly failed. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/bodies-at-west-papua-barracks-20111020-1ma6e.html#ixzz1bNjPmioR

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1 08 2013
traverser11

thanks for your message of support for the Freedom Flotilla to West Papua brother Clive

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