Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Security forces arrest over 30 peaceful activists in Manokwari.

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)
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Media release 21 May 2015


Security forces arrest over 30 peaceful activists in Manokwari.


Just a week after the Indonesian president visited West Papua , security forces have arrested over 30 peaceful activists in Manokwari. The rally was called by a number of organisations to support the United Liberation Movement for West Papua becoming a member at the MSG.

Joe Collins of AWPA said, "just a week after  Jokiwi's visit  and all his statements   about openness and having nothing to hide in West Papua, over 30 activists are arrested at a peaceful rally and many beaten. It looks like business as usual in West Papua".

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A google translate of article in majalahselangkah.com. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
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Support action ULMWP in Manokwari, Police Arrest and Persecution 39 Activists
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Police officers blocked the road with a living fence on the road to be traversed the demonstrators and parked Sabraha to stop, arrest and bring the demonstrators. Photo: Ist.

Manokwari, STEP MAGAZINE - a peaceful demonstration this morning, Wednesday (05/20/2015) in Manokwari in order to support the container unifying struggle of West Papua, the United Liberation Movement for Wet Papua (ULMWP) received a member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) tails arrests and persecution against 39 activists in Papua.

Peaceful demonstration held by three major organizations, Federal Republic of West Papua (NRFPB), West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WPNCL) and the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in the region of West Papua.

This is expressed by the director of the Institute of Research, Analysis and Development of Legal Aid (LP3BH), Yan Christian Warinussy, in Manokwari on Wednesday (20.05.15) this morning.

Explained, at 10:00 CEST, there are 9 people struggle for Papuan independence activists who had been arrested by members of West Papua Police Bromob and trucked to their headquarters. They were arrested while gathering for a joint head office to the Papua Traditional Council (DAP) Mnukwar.

Subsequently, around 10:30 CEST, chairman KNPB Mnukwar region, Alexander Nekenem along with 30 other activists were also arrested at the junction of the Banyan tree Amban-Manokwari.

After his arrest, the activists had been persecuted by the police and Brimob, then transported by truck to the direction of Mako Brimob.

Warinussy explained, 30 activists beaten with hands, feet (kicked) was hit with a rifle butt on his head, face and body of each of them by members of Brimob the catch.

"One who looks gets serious abuses and even beaten by three police officers were Abraham Togoti (20)," said Yan. (SAL / 014 / MS)

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Activists arrested while calling for for ULMWP to become member of Melanesian Spearhead Group
 On this day 20 May 2015,in the early morning, members of the the resistance movement of Papuan people in Manokwari, acting on behalf of
the Federal State of the Republic of West Papua, the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation and the National Committee of West
Papua (KNPB) were planning to hold a peaceful demonstration  to give expression to their aspiration - through the intermediary of of the
United Liberation Movement for West Papua - to become a member of the
Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).

  Already very early in the morning, at 5.30am, the LP3BH received an SMS saying that several members of the TNI (Indonesian Army) and Polri
(Police) had arrived in a truck that was parked in front of Office of of the Papuan Traditional Council (DAP)  of the District of Manokwari,
and had unfurled a banner the wording on which was not clear. Thereafter, several activists came along and dismantled the banner.

  According to another SMS received by the LP3BH, nine Papuan activists were arrested by members of Brimob  and were taken by truck
to a place in Kwaki. They were arrested while getting ready to march
towards the office of the DAP-Manokwari.

  Then half a hour later, at 10'30am, another thirty activists  were arrested at the junction between Ambon-Manokwari and  were subjected
to mal-treatment by members of Brimob, then transported in the direction of Brimob headquarters.

  According to a report from witnesses which was received by the LP3BH, they were maltreated by members of  Brimob. Another witness
report  received by LP3BH stated that the detainees were struck hard by members of Brimob, in some cases with rubber truncheons, hit on the
back of their heads or in their faces. One of the persons arrested was 27-year old Alexander Nekenem, the chairman of the KNPB.

 One of the arrestees appears to have been seriously injured and kicked. The witness was able to take photographs which showed that
tear gas had been by the security forces, which blinded their eyes.

  One of the arrestees  appears to have been struck by a rubber truncheon on his neck, which appears to have been very painful and
caused cramp.

  These reports would seem to suggest that altogether 39 or 40 activists were arrested and driven away to Brimob headquarters or by
the police.

This is a preliminary report from Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive-Director of LP3BH-Manokwari.

Peace.

[Translated by Carmel Budiardjo.]

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