Protesters arrested in Papua protest
March 23, 2010
JAYAPURA, Papua: The police apprehended 15 activists from the West Papua National Committee protesting outside Waena Expo complex in Jayapura on Monday.
Deputy chief of Jayapura Police, Adj. Comr. Amazona Pelamonia, said the protesters had requested a permit to stage a protest related to US President Barack Obama’s visit but their speeches had called for a referendum instead. “Since Obama’s visit has been postponed, the protest is no longer relevant. Besides their speeches call for referendum, so it’s a totally different agenda,” he said.
“Although they have a permit, their protest disrupts public order so we have to break it up.”
Press Release: West Papua Media Alerts
Dozens of Papuans arrested
March 24, 2010
According to Bintang Papua, at least 28 Papuans were arrested for taking part in a demonstration in Jayapura [on] 22 March. It also reported that demonstrations were also held in several other cities, Sorong, Manokwari, Wamena and Serui.
It was an action co-ordinated by the KNPB, the National Committee of West Papua. The chairman of the KNPB, Buchtar Tabuni, who is serving a three-and-a-half year sentence in Abepura Prison, was reported as saying that these were peaceful demonstrations which had taken place according to the organisation’s intentions. ‘They are taking place according to my directives. If the police need any clarifications, they should ask me,’ he said…
See also : Treaty a real Downer for West Papua (November 12, 2006) | West Papua 40 years on: Reflecting on the Act of Free Choice and the integration of West Papua into Indonesia, Jennifer Robinson, Inside Indonesia, No.98, October–December 2009 | Indonesia: protest slaying of West Papuan independence leader, WW4 Report, December 21, 2009.