Mass arrests of Papuans follow genocide protests

Independence protestors in Wamena West Papua

Independence protestors in Wamena West Papua

The Indonesian Government last week arrested more than 500 Papuans following mass protests across the nation opposing fifty fifth anniversary of Indonesian rule on Monday 19th December. Over half a million people are known to have been killed by the Indonesian government in those 55 years and thousands of activists remain in prison and enforced labour camps. Last week’s rallies called for full membership for West Papua of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), an international lobby group working on behalf of the island nations of the Pacific against colonial imperialism.

Image from Free West Papua

https://www.freewestpapua.org/2016/12/19/media-alert-over-528-people-arrested-for-calling-for-west-papuas-full-msg-membership-and-rejecting-indonesias-invasion/

https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-west-papuan-nightmare-australias-inconvenient-truth,8105

https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/west-papua-more-500-arrested-marching-independence

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