Wednesday, November 27, 2013

3 flag raisings' in Sydney for West Papua national flag day.



Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)



3 flag raisings' in Sydney for West Papua national flag day.



1) Friday 29 Nov.
  Leichhardt council . A bit late notice but Leichhardt will raise the flag on its
 Balmain Town Hall this year at 11 am  Friday morning  29 Nov.
370 Darling Street
Balmain, NSW 2041
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Monday the 2nd of December
2) Marrickville Council will raise it on Monday the 2nd of December at its Petersham Town Hall, 
Meet at 10.00am at Petersham town hall
The mayor  would like to attend and only time to suite is the 2nd Dec.


Petersham Town Hall, 107 Crystal Street Petersham

For further info contact AWPA
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3) 1st December at Indonesian consulate

236 Maroubra Rd, Maroubra NSW 2035



Anthony Craig of the DLP has called a rally for the 1st outside the Indonesian consulate on the Sunday. The 1st December is an important day in West Papuan history and all are welcome to the rally.
AWPA representative will attend 

For further info contact Anthony


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Background.
West Papuan National Flag Day.  1st December

 The 1st of December is West Papuan National Day or National flag day. Fifty two years ago on the December 1, 1961, in the then Dutch colony of West New Guinea, the West Papuan national flag, called the  Morning Star, was flown for the first time officially beside the Dutch Tricolor. At that ceremony, as the Morning Star flag was raised, Dutch and Papuan military and police saluted and accompanied by a marine band playing the national anthem, “My Land Papua”.
The Dutch were finally about to give the West Papuan people their freedom. However, it is one of the great tragedies that at their moment of freedom it was cruelly crushed and West Papua was basically handed over to Indonesia in 1963.
After six years administration of the province, Indonesia held a sham referendum called the Act of Free Choice under UN supervision. Only 1,022 handpicked voters - one representative for approximately every 700 West Papuans - were allowed vote, and under coercion, voted to remain with Indonesia. The West Papuan people call this the ‘act of no choice’
Flag raising is one of the ways the West Papuan people protest the injustice the suffer under Indonesian control.The Morning Star flag is a symbol of Papuan identity and seen as treasonous by the Indonesian state. 
Filep Karma is the best-known political prisoner in West Papua and is serving a sentence of 15 years for simply raising the West Papuan flag.

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