Friday, March 13, 2015

1) Methodist Church support West Papua

2) Choir sings heart out for the freedom

3) Indonesia deploy sukhoi on thunder repellent operation - (d)
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1) Methodist Church support West Papua
Siteri Sauvakacolo
Saturday, March 14, 2015

SUPPORT for the indigenous people of West Papua continues to gather momentum.
On Thursday, about 50 Methodist Church heads of divisions signed the solidarity movement for West Papua petition forms at Suva's Centenary Church in support of the call for the freedom of the natives of West Papua.
This petition drive headed by the Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy would be handed to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the end of April.
"There is a united umbrella body now, the Fiji's Solidarity Movement for West Papua, and the church does not enter into anything lightly. We have been moving to this for a number of years now, this was back in 2013 when our relationship with West Papua started," church secretary for communications Reverend James Bhagwan said.
"It is not just lip service we are doing. We are committed to the West Papua issue and we kindly requested our church leaders to show their support to the issue.
"We took them through a presentation before they signed the petitions. We will hope to send it out to the divisions if possible and in issues like this, we make sure the church moves together and we do everything together."
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2) Choir sings heart out for the freedom
Siteri Sauvakacolo
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Eseta Cokanasiga leads the Fiji Solidarity Movement for West Papua's Freedom Campaign Choir during the launch of the campaign song and video at the Sacred Heart Cathedral crypt in Suva yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE Freedom song 'Be the Light — West Papua - Merdeka' rocked the Sacred Heart Cathedral crypt in Suva yesterday as more than 100 Fijians gathered to mark the launch of the Fiji Solidarity Movement for West Papua's freedom campaign song and video.
Tears flowed and the crowd cheered as the joint choir from the St Agnes Parish in Nabua and P-Tech SDA Choir sang their hearts out for the freedom of their fellow Melanesian brothers and sisters from West Papua who have been suffering for many years.
Pacific Conference of Churches moderator Reverend Dr Tevita Havea called on Pacific churches to be the voice of the people of West Papua in their struggle for self-determination.

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3) Indonesia deploy sukhoi on thunder repellent operation - (d)

Jumat, 13 Maret 2015 16:38 WIB | 417 Views
Biak, Papua (ANTARA News) - Some four Sukhoi Su-27 aircraft from Makassar Air base have been deployed on the "Tangkis Petir" (Thunder Repellent) training operation in the fourth sector of the National Air Defense area in Biak Numfor district, Papua.

The training operation began on March 12, 2015, will conclude on March 31, 2015.

The Chief of the fourth command sector First Marshall Fachri Adamy said the routine operation that will cover aerial space from Ambon to Papua has been aimed at increasing the efficiency of its men in guarding the national aerial space.

"Through the Tangkis Petir operation, our Air Force personnel can gather more experience and guard Indonesia, from Sabang to Merauke, more efficiently," Fachri noted.

Fachri expressed hope that the training operation will go as planned. He revealed that an aviation expo has also been organized at Manuhua Biak Air Base.

"The aviation expo will encourage Papuan youths to learn more about the duties of Indonesian Air Force personnel and how they guard Indonesias air space, particularly in provinces such as Papua, West Papua, and Maluku," Fachri remarked.

Meanwhile, Commander of Manuhua Biak Airbase Gustav Brugman invited people in Biak to visit the aviation expo.

"The expo that has Sukhoi jet fighters on display can ignite childrens curiosity about the duties of Indonesian Air Force men," Gustav noted.

The Indonesian Air Force has several jet fighters, such as Sukhoi Su-27, Su-30Mk, T-50 Golden Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-5 E Tiger, and Hawk MK109, to guard the countrys air space.

The Air Force also has four radars in the eastern region: They are the 242 Radar Unit in Biak, 243 Radar Unit in Timika, 244 Radar Unit in Merauke, and 245 Radar Unit Saumlaki in South East Maluku.(*)

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