South Maloccans believe God has chosen Vanuatu

“It is not exaggerated if I say that now Indonesia is trembling because they know for a fact that from today (December 1st) and onward West Papua is no longer alone, for where West Papua is, there is South Moluccas.

“It is not exaggerated if I say that now Indonesia is trembling because they know for a fact that from today (December 1st) and onward West Papua is no longer alone, for where West Papua is, there is South Moluccas.

“I wish to remind the Unitary State of Indonesia that you shall never be able to damp anymore the triple knight namely Moluccas, West Papua and Acheh as they appeal more and more internationally to uphold their independence calls from your brutal grips.”

The most outspoken leader of South Moluccas, Dr. Alexander Manuputty, has made the statement after his arrival for the first time in Vanuatu and witnessed West Papua’s flag raising ceremony last Saturday.

To prove his determination to free his people from Indonesian rule, the medical doctor turned his back on his profession to become the Executive Administrator of the Republic of South Moluccas as well as Moluccas Sovereignty Front for National Day of West Papua United Liberation Movement for West Papua in Vanuatu.

While living in political asylum in California in America, he believes his faith in God has guided him and his colleagues to have arrived this far in the Land of Freedom.

The doctor says in his opinion, God has blessed Vanuatu and its Government and Church Leaders to play the leading role in the affairs of the country.

“Sometimes even I do not understand why a small country like Vanuatu wants to help other colonized peoples to become free from colonial rule,” he says.

“It just does not make sense that Vanuatu wants to help these countries without asking for any reward in return but if God has chosen you to carry out this task then who am I to question God for directing you to do His will?

“I have just learned today (last Friday) that even the President of Vanuatu is a pastor and you also have Pastor Allan Nafuki to lead the Free West Papua Movement so I see the hand of God here in Vanuatu leading your leaders to help the colonized peoples in the world to become independent.”

Asked to explain the status of his country to the people of Vanuatu, the doctor explains, “We the people of South Moluccas became independent from the Dutch on April 25 of 1950. Our ancestors declared our independence from the Dutch Coloniser.

“But Indonesia did what they went on to do to West Papua. Indonesia is made up mostly of Java people and they dominated us as the saying goes that we went from the ‘lion’s mouth into the crocodile’s mouth’. The first colonizer was Dutch followed by Indonesia dominated by Java people.”

The international media is also banned from visiting South Moluccas.

Accompanied by colleagues Zacharias Pattimukay (pastor) and F. Tommy Latupeirissa (activist), the three-man delegation came to take part in the flag raising ceremony of the Morning Star West Papua Flag at the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs Nakamal on December 1, last Saturday.

Athletic-looking Tommy Latupeirissa is the link man between South Moluccas and West Papua.

As a sportsman he remembers, “I used to play soccer for Indonesia’s National Soccer Team and my manager was former President Suharto’s son.

“Then I migrated to Australia and now looking in from the outside, I came to realise that Indonesia is a corrupt country. Then I saw on TV what Dr. Alexander Manuputty was doing for our people. In fact he and I have just met now here in Vanuatu,” he said.

He says he witnessed atrocities committed by Indonesian officials.

“I was born in West Papua because my parents worked there. Let me explain the connection between South Moluccas and West Papua. Originally the civil servants employed in West Papua were from Moluccas. All the pastors, teachers and medical personnel came from our country so that is the relationship between our two countries.”

It was him who recommended for his two colleagues to have to come to Vanuatu to experience the lives of the ni-Vanuatu people.

Source: DP

West Papua Liberation Army claims responsibility for Papua killings

The West Papua Liberation Army is claiming responsibility for the killings of at least 24 Indonesian construction workers in Papua.

The claims confirmed initial blame placed on the separatist group by Indonesian authorities, and marked a deadly escalation of conflict in the restive region unseen in recent years.

Indonesian media reported on Tuesday that around 150 Indonesian armed forces were in pursuit of the gunmen, after President Joko Widodo ordered military and police chiefs to check in on the situation.

Witness reports described to RNZ Pacific by officials painted a grim picture of a civilian massacre which took place atop a hilltop in Tolikara regency on Sunday.

On Saturday, as members of the Liberation Army held a ceremony in neighbouring Nduga to commemorate Papua’s independence from Dutch colonial rule on December 1st, 1961, a construction worker nearby snapped a photo of the scene.

The employees of the state-owned company Istaka Karya were building bridges and roads in Papua, where Jakarta has been undertaking an infrastructure drive.

But the Liberation Army, which claimed responsibility for the attack on Tuesday, described the workers as armed members of Indonesia’s military, or TNI, disguised as civilians.

The presence of a camera prompted a violent reaction from the group of around 50 Liberation Army fighters, who rounded up dozens of workers, bound their hands and marched them North, to Lanny Jaya regency, said TNI spokesperson Mohammed Aidi.

On Sunday morning, the workers were taken to the top of a hill and forced to march in formation, while they were shot at by Liberation Army soldiers, who killed at least 19 people.

Eleven employees managed to survive the massacre by pretending they were dead, said Mr Aidi. But when they ran, the group was pursued by the Liberation Army and 5 more were killed with bow and arrows and spears.

Survivors took refuge at a TNI outpost, where soldiers returned fire at the Liberation Army. One soldier died in the shootout.

Four workers were evacuated by police and military on Tuesday, along with eight local health centre staff and teachers employed by TNI, said Mr Aidi. Three workers have been hospitalised with gunshot wounds, while another two who escaped remained missing.

President Widodo said on Tuesday he would visit Papua once more information on the incident became available.

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Joko Widodo Photo: AFP

“We realize that even though the development in Papua is indeed very difficult to carry out and can still be hindered by incidents such as the reported one, the development in Papua should continue,” he said.

In February, the Liberation Army made a fresh declaration of war against the TNI, which it called “the invaders”.

Since then, the group has been involved in a spate of skirmishes in Papua, including a series of deadly gunfire exchanges in the Highlands regencies of Puncak Jaya, Nduga, Timika and Lanny Jaya.

Two Liberation Army members were killed by TNI in November when they exchanged gunfire in Lanny Jaya.

Five others were killed in Puncak Jaya in October by the Indonesian military, it said.

In late October, Indonesian media reported that a group of 15 school teachers and medical workers were held hostages by the Liberation Army in Nduga for two weeks, and that one teacher was raped.

Source: RadioNZ

Dozens killed in Papua attack

Papuan separatists are suspected of killing at least 24 Indonesian construction workers in Papua’s Yigi district.

Papuan separatists are suspected of killing at least 24 Indonesian construction workers in Papua’s Yigi district.

An Indonesian military spokesman said the violence started after an armed criminal separatist group held a ceremony to commemorate Papua’s independence from Dutch colonial rule on December 1st 1961.

He said one of the workers appeared to have taken a photo which sparked the attack.

Police said another eight workers escaped but seven of them were caught and also killed.

AFP reported a soldier was killed while investigating.

It was not clear who the assailants were.

Commemorating the day is prohibited in Indonesia, and raising the separatist Morning Star flag is a criminal offence.

Following a UN-approved vote in 1969, Papua became part of Indonesia.

Source: RadioNZ

More than 500 people have been arrested in Indonesia, after mass Papuan independence demonstrations turned violent.

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Powerful action in Surabaya where 233 people were arrested for expressing themselves. When we say FREE WEST PAPUA that includes FULL freedom for all citizens. Freedom of Speech. Freedom of Assembly and Freedom of thought. west PAPUA ✊✊

The Jakarta Post reports at least 17 people were injured, with photos circulating of bloody head wounds.

A lawyer representing Papuans, Veronica Koman, says 537 people were arrested across several cities.

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This girl was among many who were brutally attacked by Indonesian nationalist militia in , for peacefully demonstrating for ‘s freedom yesterday. Is THIS Indonesia’s regard for human rights in West Papua?

Human rights groups are calling for any people remaining in custody to be released.

An Australian woman, Ronda Amy Harman, is also reportedly among those arrested.

Activist calls for NZ rethink on West Papua after mass arrests

A human rights activist says New Zealand should rethink its policy towards West Papua in the wake of the violent demonstrations and mass arrests over the weekend.

Activist Maire Leadbeater said New Zealand should urgently respond to the weekend’s arrests.

“If New Zealand would stand beside Vanuatu and support self-determination for the West Papuan people, it would make a major difference. I challenge anybody to tell me that’s not so. There are a number of Pacific nations already speaking up. What’s lacking is the big, powerful rich nations like New Zealand.”

The demonstration in support of West Papua in Wellington.
The demonstration in support of West Papua in Wellington. Photo: Supplied/ NZGreen Party

 

Source (Radio New Zealand)

West Papua Flag Raised in Port Vila, Vanuatu

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) in partnership with the Vanuatu West Papua Association and the South Moluccas association have joined in with West Papuans around the globe to commemorate the West Papua Day, celebrated annually on the 1st of December at the Chiefs Nakamal compound yesterday morning.

West Papua first raised its Morning Star flag on December 1, 1961.

The celebration began with the President of Malvatumauri Council, Chief Willie Grey Plasua, making a welcome speech to the special guests and the public to witness the flag raising and commemorating the day for the people of West Papua.

A moment of silence was conducted in memory of the loved ones who have died in the struggle for self determination.

Chief Plasua appealed to the churches, NGOs, the public and Melanesia as a whole to unite always and stand beside West Papua’s struggle for freedom.

He reaffirmed to the ULMWP delegates that they have the full support of his council.

Chairman of West Papua Association and Reconciliation Committee, Pastor Alan Nafuki, said that he believes the time has come for West Papua to achieve their right to self determination and their freedom.

He said through God alone anything is possible.

Government representative and special envoy to the West Papua Movement, Lora Lini said that Vanuatu, a small country with a loud voice, has been in the frontline always and will continue to advocate towards West Papua’s self determination and freedom.

She said that only Vanuatu can feel the urgent need and struggle the West Papuans are feeling as Vanuatu came out from such struggles from two colonial powers in 1980.

Dr Alexander Manuputty, Leader of the South Moluccas acknowledged the ULMWP role of pushing for self-determination.

He says it is time West Papua, South Moluccas and Vanuatu build mutual friendship and trust towards the principle of equal rights and the self determination of the people in West Papua and South Moluccas.

Andy Ayamiseba, a long time Vanuatu resident, said that it is time youths take up responsibility in the struggle as the time is near for them to step down and allow active strong advocators back the West Papua movement. He encourages unity always among youths for success.

Paula Makabory, ULMWP executive member acknowledged Vanuatu for its continuous support and said that the flag raising ceremony is not just an identity for West Papuans but also a stamp of the existence of West Papua in the global arena.

The day saw youths performing dramas and skits to celebrate the special day for West Papuans followed by refreshments.

West Papuans want to be free from Indonesian rule and the people of Vanuatu have pledged their support to the people of West Papua.

Source: The Vanuatu Daily Post

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