Friday, June 15, 2012

Papuan separatist leader murdered by Indonesian police

Mako Tabuni, deputy chairman of West Papua National Committee (KNPB) was killed by Indonesian occupation forces in the town of Wanea. Indonesian police claims that Tabuni was armed and that he is responsible of several shooting but even pro-Indonesian rights groups underline that the KNPB is a peaceful political organization as far as they can tell. 

There were riots after the murder and people has been killed in them but the information available is very limited.

The level of violence in the occupied country has been increasing recently. The Indonesian occupants have been blamed for it.

West Papua remains invaded by Indonesia against the will of the people

West Papua was occupied by Indonesia in 1962, in spite of already having a distinct national parliament clearly opposed to union with Indonesia (both Indonesia and West Papua were Dutch colonies previously). Both the Netherlands and the United Nations played shameful roles in allowing the Indonesian invasion, much as the UN did in the cases of Palestine or West Sahara.

There has been a diffuse guerrilla war ever since. A clear indicator of the lack of normality is that Indonesia keeps all the country off-limits to foreigners, including journalists, humanitarian agencies, etc.

Ref. Al Jazeera (also this video).

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