Thursday, February 19, 2015

1) March to free West Papua

2) For West Papua
3) photos on facebook rally in Fiji
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 1) March to free West Papua
SITERI SAUVAKACOLO

Friday, February 20, 2015
Update: 1:23PM 
TEARS flowed freely at Suvas Sukuna Park today as skits were performed,poems read and songs were sung to mark the World Social Justice Day.
The celebration also marked a march for self- determination and freedom of the Melanesian brothers and sisters of West Papua.
More than 300 people were part of todays march from the Flea Market to Sukuna Park where the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma president Reverend Tevita Nawadra also launched the Solidarity Movement for West Papua.
Fiji Council of Churches president Manumalo Tuinanumea said it was their hope and prayers that the morning star would rise, that the freedom of West Papua be achieved peacefully and that their applications to full membership of the MSG be granted.
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2) For West Papua

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Friday, February 20, 2015

Staff of ECREA stand with posters to show their support for the West Papuans. Picture: KIMBERLEY SACHS
RISE Morning Star — a song dedicated solely to the sufferings of our Melanesian brothers and sisters in West Papua is set to rock Suva's Sukuna Park today.
The song will feature top local musicians Seru Serevi and Black Rose band leader Timoci Ratusila.
Serevi said he had always wanted to compose a song about the sufferings of the West Papua people.
"I've always wanted to do a song about our Melanesian brothers from West Papua and their call over the years.
"They have been oppressed in their own country and it's our moral obligation to do something," Serevi said.
"I'm encouraging our Melanesian brothers and Micronesians, and even Polynesians, to stand up and help our West Papua brothers.
"This song was my experience over the years.
"There is a lot of people out there who support the cause for the freedom of the West Papua people and now I am so glad that there is a forum and a platform where they can show their support, and show that we do support the struggle of our brothers and sisters in West Papua. They have their right to self-determination."
The Vude King said he had travelled through Melanesia and he had been in contact with a lot of West Papuans and this was when he learnt of their struggles, hence being encouraged to compose a song for them.
"So during one of our tours in Vanuatu, we met some of them and that encouraged us to put pen on paper and to do something. A message through the music to tell our people about the oppression going on in West Papua," he said.
The West Papua march to coincide with the World Social Justice Day today will be held from Suva's Flea Market to the Sukuna Park beginning at 9.30am.

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3) photos on facebook rally in Fiji

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