West Papuan independence movement leader Victor Yeimo was detained and allegedly beaten by police on Monday as another prominent Indonesian national politician warned Western countries against supporting separatists in the troubled province.
But police spokesman Senior Commissioner I Gede Sumerta Jaya denied that Mr Yeimo and three other protesters had been harmed, saying they were simply detained for up to 24 hours because they had failed to secure a proper permit for a rally.
The rally was held to protest against the fatal police shooting of three protesters in demonstrations on May 1.
Mr Yeimo, the leader of the unarmed KNPB separatist movement, was detained after police said the rally was disturbing traffic, and that its organisers had failed to nominate how large it would be.
About 200 protesters were outnumbered by 700 police and 22 police trucks, the province's Baptist Church leader, Socratez Yoman, said.
But, asked if the four protesters were beaten, Commander Gede said: ''The police now are different. We don't do that.
''Because their violations carry a penalty of less than one month, we cannot arrest them, but we have the right to question them for 24 hours,'' he said.
In Jakarta, Ramadhan Pohan, the deputy secretary-general of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party, again reinforced how sensitive Indonesian politicians are about West Papua and its 50-year-old separatist movement.
Mr Ramadhan, who is also the deputy chairman of the national parliament's House Commission I, which oversees foreign relations, referred to the appearance of exiled independence leader Benny Wenda at the TEDx conference in Sydney in early May and called for Australia to be more sensitive.
''Australia or any friendly countries must be sensitive about Indonesia's problem [of separatism],'' he said.
''If later [it is proved] that Australia does support [Benny Wenda] the Government must be firm in cutting off diplomatic ties. The unitary state of the Republic of Indonesia is a non-negotiable situation.''
A spokesperson for Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs said: ''As is widely recognised by the Indonesian government, the Australian government does not support independence for Indonesia's Papuan provinces''.
2) Urgent Action - Text the Papuan police chief to free the KNPB activists On 13th May four activists from the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) were arrested at a peaceful demonstration in Jayapura. They have reportedly been beaten. We are extremely concerned for their safety. Please send a text message (SMS) or telephone to the head of police in Papua requesting that they release the activists and let him know we are watching. Head of Police in Papua – Tito Karnavia: *+62811161777* We recommend you send the following text (SMS) message: “Bebaskan Victor Yeimo dan aktivis KNPB. Kami mengawasi dengan cermat apa yang Anda lakukan. Anda harus Menghormati hak asasi Manusia Internasional. ” Translation: “/Free Victor Yeimo and the KNPB activists. We are watching closely what you are doing. You must respect international human rights./” For more details on this story please see this news article <http://freewestpapua.org/go/471> on our website. Victor-F-Yeimo <http://freewestpapua.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Victor-F-Yeimo.jpg>
Joshua Tabuni, Coordinator of Action AMP (Jubi / Ones Madai)
Surabaya, 13/5 (Jubi)-In order to address the repressive actions against civilians in the city of Sorong, West Papua, Papua Student Alliance (AMP) Surabaya City Committee, will hold a peaceful demonstration on Wednesday (15/5). The action will march from the Hotel Santika towards Grahadi.
This was stated by the field coordinator (coordinator), Joshua Tabuni, Monday (13/5), during a press conference, in Nginden, Surabaya, East Java.
Joshua further asserts, students as agents of change and also the cutting edge in delivering the aspirations of the people, so he was hoping when the action is in progress so that any Town mahasisiwa in Surabaya to join partipasi study.
"Every student must have known about the situation in Papua until now in an emergency, so it should go down in this action," said Tabuni who is also the coordinator of recruitment and regeneration agencies in the AMP study city of Surabaya.
According Tabuni, the real action will be held on Monday (13/5), today. but the weather in the city of Surabaya is not possible (rain), so it has been postponed. "Today the weather was not so supportive action was delayed on Wednesday (15/5)," he said.
He presented the aspirations of student involvement in a radical urge to strengthen movements for change in self-determination for the people of Papua.
"I hope people learned that unite our ranks against all forms of evil from the land of Papua. greating liberation for west Papua, "he hoped. (Jubi / Ones Madai)