Indonesia opens fire as Papuans raise outlawed flag

Security forces opened fire at a separatist flag-raising ceremony in Indonesia’s restive Papua region Thursday, on the 50th anniversary of the region’s claim to independence.

Around 500 protesters had watched a traditional dance and started cheering and running in a large circle when the region’s Morning Star flag was raised on a bamboo pole in the centre, an AFP correspondent at the scene witnessed.

Around 120 police and soldiers, along with a military truck, stormed the crowd and opened fire after the main flag was raised.

Police kicked and punched protesters on the ground, and detained three of them.

Read more in the Bangkok Post

Some general info and back-grounds with photos

A former Dutch colony as being half of the whole island with the still present Papua New Guinea, together being the biggest island of the world with a population not having any roots with Indonesia at all. After the Indonesian take-over with the help of the American “diplomacy” (self-interest?) of John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert, who feared that the Russian influence with the Indonesians (the Sukarno-time or also named “Bung Karno”) was getting too dangerous in the American eyes they just forced the Dutch to abandon Dutch New Guinea (NNG) very much against the will of the Dutch government and specially named the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Luns (later Navo-Secretary General). A small country like the Netherlands couldn’t do much, left and the country was literally robbed and emptied in a short time; renamed as “Irian Jaya”.

IT IS REALLY TIME THAT THE DUTCH GOVERNMENT AND THE UNITED STATES ARE STARTING TO HELP PAPUA WEST NEW GUINEA AGAINST THE INDONESIAN AGGRESSION CAUSED BY THE POLICY OF JOHN F. KENNEDY AND HIS BROTHER ROBERT IN 1962!!!

The National Anthem of West Papua:

Hai tanahku Papua,
Kau tanah lahirku.
Ku kasih akan dikau
Sehingga ajalku

Ku kasih pasir putih
di pantaimu senang,
di mana lautan biru
berkilat dalam terang.

Ku kasih bunyi ombak
pemukul pantaimu,
nyanyian yang selalu
senangkan hatiku.

Ku kasih gunung-gunung
besar, mulialah,
Dan awan yang menyalang
keliling puncaknya.

Ku kasih hutan-hutan,
Selimut tanahku;
‘ku suka mengembara
di bawa naungmu.

Ku kasih engkau, tanah
yang dengan buahmu
membayar kerajinan
dan pekerjaanku.

Syukur bagiMu, Tuhan:
Kaub’rikan tanahku,
b’ri aku rajin juga
sampaikan maksudMu.

Lani Singers West Papua

About Antoni Uni

I am born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and went to Spain, l'Escala - Costabrava, in 1988. After 15 years I made a mistake and went travelling in S.E. Asia. and in 2005 I dropped down in Bangkok where I still live. Mijn website met foto's is: http://www.antoniuniphotography.com/
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