Video-Save the West Papua Friendship Mural, Darwin
Save the West Papua Friendship Mural, Darwin
The owner of the property on which the mural is painted, want the mural to be painted over. “Due to some external pressures I have been asked to see the wall painted out as a matter of urgency and have started putting things in place," the owner stated in an email.
The Indonesian Consul in Darwin, Andre Siregar, is opposed to the depiction of the West Papuan flag. Mr Siregar said he acknowledged "freedom of expression" in Australia, but that the mural's close physical proximity to both the office of the Indonesian Consulate and to Parliament House had raised questions from visiting Indonesian officials over the level of support in Australia for the West Papuan Independence movement.
Mr Siregar said he believed there were about "two people" in Darwin who supported the West Papuan Independence movement.
Well, Mr Siregar, this is our message to you. - Australians for a Free West Papua