“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.
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.
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.
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!
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 onWednesday 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’.
Desert to the Sea – Freedom Flotilla to West Papua Multi-media exhibition. Launch 6pm 24th September Alice Springs.. come on down… photo’s films and art from an epic adventure across land and sea. 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 Part of DIY fest http://www.freebbqcashgiveaway.com
The Embassy is a reclamation of the sovereign indigenous land and represents a united front of world indigenous movements against the destruction of the earth and its peoples.
“The Earth Embassy brings the reality of the environment emergency to the parliament and big business district of Melbourne through traditional, beautiful radical and necessary acts of creative resistance.”
This World Environment Day, June the 5th 2014 an Earth Embassy will be established at the Victorian Parliament House precinct. The Embassy is a reclamation of the sovereign indigenous land and will represent a united front of world indigenous movements against the destruction of the earth and its peoples.
The autonomous space will be a hub for all earth defenders to establish a presence on Aboriginal land and bring their issues to the city streets.
The protest features the First-nations Liberation Movement (FnL). They will bring Black issues to the conversation on World Environment Day, creating a space for indigenous people to join forces in solidarity with others responding to the ecological emergency facing our planet.
West Papuan indigenous activists will construct a traditional hut to bring their demands for environmental justice and human rights in their homeland to Melbourne.