Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)
PO Box 28, Spit Junction, NSW 2088
Media release 4 June 2015
More rallies called in West Papua
To support the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) application to the (MSG), the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) has again called for peaceful rallies in all regions of West Papua on the 4-5 June.
The spokesman for the KNPB Bazookas Logo urged the people of West Papua to remain focused in support of the ULMWP.
Joe Collins of AWPA said, "in the past month on the 1st, 20th and 28th May, the security forces cracked down on peaceful rallies called by civil society organisations in West Papua with over 400 peaceful demonstrators arrested and many were beaten. Hopefully this time the security forces will allow the peaceful rallies to go ahead and not use a heavy handed approach to the peaceful protestors as they did in the past month".
The KNPB reported that yesterday, 3 June the police detained 24 activists in Wamena who were at a meeting in the Office of Sinapuk Traditional Council, while preparing and organising a rally in support ULMWP.
In Timika the activity will take the form of prayers and fasting in support of the MSG application.