March for West Papuan Independence

On Friday (01/12), dozens of demonstrators gathered in Central Jakarta to demand West Papuan independence from Indonesia. Marchers brought posters and sang traditional West Papuan songs in defiance what the demonstrators see as a foreign occupation of the territory. (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro)

By : JG | on 11:42 AM December 04, 2017
Category : Eyewitness, Multimedia, Photos

Jakarta. On Friday (01/12), dozens of demonstrators gathered in Central Jakarta to demand West Papuan independence from Indonesia. Marchers brought posters and sang traditional West Papuan songs in defiance what the demonstrators see as a foreign occupation of the territory.

"We're not Indonesian, we're the Morning Star, the Morning Star, you've just said red and white," demonstrators chanted, referring to West Papua's historical flag.

Marchers, members of the Papuan Student Alliance and the People's Front of Indonesia for West Papua, also demanded that the Indonesian government force US-based mining giant Freeport McMoran to shut down operations in the province.
The demonstration came on the eve of West Papua's first declaration of independence on Dec. 1, 1961.
"The relationship between Papua and Indonesia is like an illegal marriage," said one activist.

"We are different from Indonesia, it's been a long time. You are white, we are black, your hair is straight, we are curly, we are brothers or you just want our own natural wealth," an orator shouted in front of a police officer.

"After Dec. 1, 1961, [former president] Soekarno declared the Trikora 19 days later in Yogyakarta to seize West Papua and dissolve the country," said Surya Anta, spokesman for the People's Front of Indonesia for West Papua.

In fact, Trikora was the name given to the Indonesian military operation to invade and annex the Dutch territory of New Guinea, which lasted nine months.

Demonstrators planned to march to Freeport's offices in Kuningan, South Jakarta, but were stopped by police in front of the Megaria cinema in the center of the city.

Demonstrators protest Indonesia's rule of West Papua during the mass protest in front of the Megaria Cinema in Central Jakarta on Friday (01/12). (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro) Demonstrators protest Indonesia's rule of West Papua during the mass protest in front of the Megaria Cinema in Central Jakarta on Friday (01/12). (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro)

On Friday (01/12), dozens of demonstrators gathered in Central Jakarta to demand West Papuan independence from Indonesia. (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro) On Friday (01/12), dozens of demonstrators gathered in Central Jakarta to demand West Papuan independence from Indonesia. (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro)

A demonstrator holds a poster that reads: 'Reject the imperial intervention in the democratic process of West Papua.' (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro) A demonstrator holds a poster that reads: 'Reject the imperial intervention in the democratic process of West Papua.' (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro)

Demonstrators sing traditional West Papuan anthems in Central Jakarta on Friday (01/12). (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro) Demonstrators sing traditional West Papuan anthems in Central Jakarta on Friday (01/12). (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro)

A demonstrator climbs on top of a police vehicle in Jakarta on Friday (01/12). (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro) A demonstrator climbs on top of a police vehicle in Jakarta on Friday (01/12). (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro)

A demonstrator makes a speech about the 'illegal marriage' between Indonesia and West Papua. (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro) A demonstrator makes a speech about the 'illegal marriage' between Indonesia and West Papua. (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro)

A demonstrator urges a police officer to give his opinion about the West Papuan independence movement. (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro) A demonstrator urges a police officer to give his opinion about the West Papuan independence movement. (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro)

Demonstrators marched from the Legal Aid Institute in Jakarta on Friday (01/12) to demand West Papuan independence. (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro) Demonstrators marched from the Legal Aid Institute in Jakarta on Friday (01/12) to demand West Papuan independence. (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro)

Demonstrators wear the West Papuan Morning Star flag on their heads to express solidarity with the province's independence movement. (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro) Demonstrators wear the West Papuan Morning Star flag on their heads to express solidarity with the province's independence movement. (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro)


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