Wednesday, August 20, 2014

1) Little hope for Papua with Widodo, says Wenda

1) Little hope for Papua with Widodo, says Wenda

2) Two more residents murdered  in Timika
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http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/252625/little-hope-for-papua-with-widodo,-says-wenda

1) Little hope for Papua with Widodo, says Wenda

Updated about 1 hour ago



An exiled West Papuan independence activist, Benny Wenda, says he doubts Indonesia's newly elected president, Joko Widodo, will make any difference to the suffering of his people under Indonesia's military stranglehold.
The Vanuatu Daily Post reports Mr Wenda, who is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, as saying his people won't seek the support of the new president to help them.
He says what is important is that 80 percent of West Papuans have boycotted Indonesia's election.
Vanuatu, which has been a lone supporter of West Papuans on the international stage, is to host a conference for leaders of the West Papua pro-independence movement.
The gathering, which is supported by the Vanuatu Christian Council and Vanuatu National Council of Chiefs, is to work on a new West Papuan application to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
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2) Two more residents murdered  in Timika
The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Wed, August 20 2014, 6:06 AM
Residents in Timika, Papua were shocked once again after by two more local murders, took place in different places on Tuesday.
The body of Melvin Lalar, 24, was found in Pisang village, Gorong-Gorong complex, at around 1:30 p.m. with slash wounds across his body, while the body of Markus Naraha was found on Jl. Sosial at the Bendungan complex at around 6 p.m.
Melvin and three other teenagers were scavenging for scrap iron in Pisang village when a group of people attacked them. Melvin managed to flee, but fell, and as he tried to get up, he was slashed with a machete by one of the attackers.
The three others managed to flee and reported the incident to authorities, who later arrived and found Melvin sprawled on the ground. Fellow residents then retaliated, but they were blocked by the police before arriving in Gorong-Gorong complex.
Separately, Markus’ body was found in Bendungan complex, located around 1 kilometer from where Melvin’s body was found.
“Police in Timika are still investigating the cases and anticipating a repeat clash,” Papua Police deputy chief Brig. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.
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