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Jakarta Post

Papuans rally to gain international support

  • Markus Makur

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 28 2010   /  10:09 am

Freedom is ours: A protester holds a poster that reads “Indonesia, be honest in recognizing the freedom of our West Papuan nation” during a rally demanding a referendum in Timika, Papua, on Wednesday. JP/Markus MakurAround 1,500 Papuans in Mimika staged a rally Wednesday to support the registration of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua and the International Lawyers for West Papua at the European Union in Brussels the same day.Rally coordinator Mario Pigei of the West Papua National Committee said his organization had been entrusted by the international committee to serve as a domestic coordinator for the movement. The rally, which started at the Kemah Injili church and ended at the regency legislative council, aimed to gain support for its agenda from West Papuans.“The international committee calls on the whole components of West Papua from Sorong to Samarai to be s...