Jayapura, Jubi – The West Papua National Committee (KNPB), Papua Students, Youth and People Movement (GempaR) and other KNPB supporters held a peaceful rally in front of the gate of the Cenderawasih University in Jayapura City, Papua on Monday (7/9/2015) to express support for the Pacific Islands Forum conference being held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
During the rally, KNPB declared four political statements: first, free West Papua to safe the Pacific people from colonialism and capitalism. Second, free West Papua to save the Pacific people from global warming. Third, the people of Papua need assistance from Pacific people from genocide threat and forth, urge the United Nations to send a special team to investigate the political status of Papua and West Papua provinces.
“We highly support the Pacific Islands Forum for accepting West Papua through the United Liberation Movement for West Papua as an observer to take an active role in talking and solving the problems within this region together,” the General Chairman BPP-KNPB, Victor Yeimo, said.
In the same place, the Operation Unit Chief of Jayapura Municipal Police Commissionaire Police Heru Hidayanto said the demonstration was running peacefully. “Although there’s a plan to do long march earlier, but it’s not realized. They only did the rally on location,” he said.
“For security purpose, we deployed 60 personnel of Jayapura Municipal Police, 30 personnel of Mobile Brigade and 60 personnel of Papua Police. We expected that under our personnel’s guard, they could run the rally in order and peace, because actually the police do not want the clash happened,” he said. (Munir/rom)