A Papuan activist carries a placard stating that the 1969 Act of Free Choice (Pepera) is undemocratic, during a protest outside the United States Embassy in Central Jakarta on Thursday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Papuan Activists Mark 56th Commemoration of New York Agreement

BY : YUDHA BASKORO

AUGUST 15, 2019

Papuan activists marched in Central Jakarta on Thursday to mark the 56th commemoration of the United Nations-brokered New York Agreement, which saw control over the western portion of the island of New Guinea transferred from the Netherlands to Indonesia.

The agreement, signed by the two countries at the UN headquarters in New York on Aug. 15, 1962, guarantees West Papuans the right to self-determination in accordance with international practice. 

The protestors gathered outside the United States Embassy in Central Jakarta before making their way to Aspiration Park in front of the State Palace, where they sang "Bintang Kejora" ("Morning Star"), the unofficial anthem of the Free Papua Movement (OPM) and other separatist groups.

The protestors demanded the withdrawal of the Indonesian Military (TNI) from Papua, an end to exploitation and deforestation, and full independence from Indonesia.

They also rejected the result of the Act of Free Choice (Pepera), an election held on Aug. 2, 1969, in which 1,025 men and women selected by the TNI unanimously voted in favor of Indonesian control.

A member of the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) participates in the march in Jakarta on Thursday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A member of the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) participates in the march in Jakarta on Thursday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Activists make their way to Aspiration Park in front of the State Palace after protesting outside the US Embassy in Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Activists make their way to Aspiration Park in front of the State Palace after protesting outside the US Embassy in Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An activist addresses protestors while police look on. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An activist addresses protestors while police look on. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters carry a banner with a demand that the United States take full responsibility for the massacres that occurred in West Papua in the 1960s. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters carry a banner with a demand that the United States take full responsibility for the massacres that occurred in West Papua in the 1960s. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An activist holds up a placard demanding an independence referendum from West Papua. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An activist holds up a placard demanding an independence referendum for West Papua. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A police officer prevents a protester from approaching the US Embassy. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A police officer prevents a protester from approaching the US Embassy. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A placard shows alleged police brutality against a Papuan activist. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro
A placard shows alleged police brutality against a Papuan activist. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro
Activists carry placards with various demands, including the closure of Freeport Indonesia's Grasberg mine in Papua. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Activists carry placards with various demands, including the closure of Freeport Indonesia's Grasberg mine in Papua. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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