Indonesian police use shootings, killings, beatings, arrests on West Papuan independence rallies
IM - 29 Nov 2013
Indonesian police have opened fire on peaceful protesters in Jayapura, with at least four gunshot wounds and one death.
West Papuan activists and families have been forced to flee to the jungle for safety. Indonesian security forces are conducting scores of raids, sweeps and offensives against West Papuan civilians.
The attacks are happening during the visit of National Police Chief General Sutarman with over 200 people arrested across West Papua.
Journalists have also been attacked by Indonesian police.
The Indonesian Police chief says any plans to free Papua from Indonesia won't be tolerated, including Flag raising ceremonies on the West Papuan national Day, December 1st.
Calls for Independence by West Papuans have been made since the sham "Act of Free Choice in 1969".
Thousands of Papuans took to the streets in 2010 and in 2011 rejecting special autonomy, demanding a referendum on independence. Indonesia plans to build 1,500 km of new roads in the next two years to accelerate ‘development', increase military presence, and open up more illegal logging. Three Papuans highlighted the human rights abuses at the APEC meeting in Bali this year by scaling the Australian Consulate’s fence in the dead of night and hand-delivering a personal plea to open the Indonesian province to world scrutiny.