Jayapura, Jubi – Supporters of free Papua rallied against Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut B. Panjaitan at the Australia National University (ANU) in Canberra.
The minister was scheduled to speak at a forum titled ‘Solving Security Issues in Indonesia’ on Wednesday (8/6/2016) at the Australian National University, but about eight Papuan pro-independence supporters greeted the delegation by singing and holding posters to reject the team formed by the ministry to resolve the human rights issues in Papua.
Some non-Papuan Indonesian students were also among the protesters.
“We reject Luhut’s team, we want the fact finding mission that recommended by the Pacific Islands Forum to come to Papua. And Indonesia must communicate with the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) to solve the Papua problems,” said Ronny Kareni, Free Papua supporter in Canberra.
Among the protesters, one of five negotiators assigned by ULMWP, Rex Rumakiek was also among the protesters. “ULMWP is the representative and legitimate institution representing the people of Papua,” said Rumakiek.
Avoiding the protesters, Minister Panjaintan, according Kareni, decided to go through back door. Along with the minister, there are the Indonesian Police Chief General Badrodin Haiti, National Terrorism Tackling Chief Inspector General Tito Karnavian and Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw, and three Papuan representatives Lien Maloali, Matius Murib and Marinus Yaung. (Victor Mambor/rom)