West Papua – unaddressed violence reinforces desire for Independence

A number of violent incidents that have occurred in West Papua recently have not been investigated by the Indonesian authorities.

The chairman of the Alliance of Baptist Churches in Papua, Rev. Socratez Sofyan Yomanis, says this leaves the impression that the Indonesian government is simply not interested and has reinforced Papuan nationalism.

“The Papuan people have no confidence in the Indonesian government and all they want is independence. This is clearly evident from the many incidents when thousands of Morning Star flags were flown everywhere throughout West Papua on 1 May which is commemorated by Papuan people as the day of Indonesia’s annexation of West Papua,” he said.

 

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