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“We have a responsibility to care for our brothers and sisters from across the water. We must bring the water and the fire, the love and the music to heal the country and move in solidarity.” Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, Arabunna Aboriginal Elder<

 

The voyage of the Freedom Flotilla to West Papua was an unprecedented event of creative resistance to the Indonesian occupation of West Papua. The initiative of Indigenous Elders of Australia and West Papua built global solidarity and highlighted the abuses of human rights and land rights carried out under the occupations of their lands on an international stage.

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The Freedom Flotilla campaign continues to fight for the rights of West Papuans on land and at sea. Follow the journey on this website or via twitter & facebook.

“We work for world peace and justice, we start from our region, the Pacific.” Jacob Rumbiak, Foreign Affairs Minister of the Federated Republic of West Papua.

West Papua Freedom Forum

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This is a call out to Australian West Papua organizations, supporters, freedom fighters and concerned citizens, artists, musicians and media.

This is an invitation from Larrakia June Mills Gunluckiinimul, Australians For a Free West Papua, Freedom Flotilla West Papua and FRWP Women’s Office to come together on Larrakia Country in Darwin for the West Papua Freedom Forum 2015.

We are inviting your involvement and attendence at a nation wide strategy meeting to co-ordinate Australian Solidarity with the Free West Papua movement resulting in a public statement and action plan.

As West Papuans surge forward with their push for membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group, and the campaign in Australia gathers momentum from decades of awareness raising in the wake of the Freedom Flotilla, lets gather to take the campaign to the next level.

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Freedom Flotilla – Taking direct action on the high seas

ff2015  Freedom Flotilla – Taking direct action on the high seas against human rights abuses dispossession and poisoning of indigenous land and water in West Papua.

A river of poison flows from the last tropical glassier in the world. It is a sacred place for the Amungme People.The glassier is called Nemangkawi ‘’the white arrow’’. Many people have died by the hands of the Indonesian military who control the area since the mines inception.The Indonesian military are payed over 3 million dollars a year in “protection money” by Freeport McMoran which operates the nearby Grasberg goldmine.

‘’The republic of Indonesia kills people like me, Amungme people, the land the military own in Timika was not bought, it was taken at gunpoint. The Indonesian military is used as a tool by Freeport mine to kill us.’’ Mama Yosepha Alomang.

In 2013 the freedom flotilla reconnected the lands and the struggles of Papuan and Australia indigenous people with a sacred ceremony conducted in the water off the coast of Papua. Indigenous elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott of Arabuna country in South Australia delivered the sacred water from the mound spring in his country and ashes from the Aboriginal tent embassy’s around Australia to West Papuan Elders leaders and Activist to reconnect the land and people that were once joined.

This year the Freedom Flotilla wants to follow up that reconnection with an action to highlight the suffering of West Papuan People and the damage caused by Multinational companies and colonial governments on the land and people, specifically targeting Rio Tinto’s Freeport mine in Tamika West Papua.

Grasberg Freeport McMoran mine In partnership with Rio Tinto the mine accumulates some 700,000 tonnes of toxic mine waste tailings per day ’(that’s nearly 26 billion tonnes a year) discharged out over the mountain polluting the head waters of the life line of the Amungme people.

West Papua is the scene of the most brutal colonial genocide in the region since Britain’s invasion of Australia. The ‘state torture and terrorism’ inflicted on West Papuans is the saddest and most horrific situation a human being can endure.

Desert to the Sea Sydney Exhibition

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Sydney Exhibition photos films and art generated by the Freeedom Flotilla to West Papua
6pm Thursday 22nd January
Tortuga Studios 31 Princes Hwy , St Peter’s NSW 2044,
www.tortugastudios.org.au

Photos by Jeevi Ka, Kim Westmorland, Tully Starr, Margret Freeradical Gilchrist, Izzy Brown, Ðavid Wainggai & Jessie Boylan.

Traditional art by Lober Eto L Wainggai

Films by Izzy Brown and Jeevi Ka

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Activist Art Festival

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Bella Union and New Ballroom, Trades Hall, Carlton
Saturday, November 15, 12:30 pm-12 am

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The Inaugural Melbourne Activist Arts Festival will be presenting photos from the Freedom Flotilla’s journey alongside a huge array of artworks, poetry and film in a showcase of creative resistance from around the world. Check out the lineup below!

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TERRITORIANS FOR A FREE WEST PAPUA

MEDIA RELEASE 21/10/2014

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Territorians for a Free West Papua will stand alongside with members of the West Papuan Community and members of the International solidarity movement ‘United Struggle’ at a rally to be held at the Indonesian Consulate Darwin at 8 am on Wednesday October 21.

The rally will include a statement to be delivered to the President of Indonesia and include messages from West Papuan activist Lober Wanggai who asks the President to “leave West Papua in Peace’ whilst activist Alpheus Meage says “all the people of West Papua want is freedom’.

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