Islands Business: West Papua stopped

PORT MORESBY, PNG — Police in the Western Province are on alert, not to allow any event to mark the proposed independence of the West Papua people of Indonesia.

Provincial Police Commander Silver Sika told NBC News, the police headquarters in Port Moresby has been alerted of a proposed celebration to mark the landing of convoy of ships from Cairns Australia, carrying West Papuan people and rights activists, who are planning to sail to PNG and onto the Indonesian town of Merauke.

The Freedom Flotilla has been months of planning and travelling from Melbourne all the way to Cairns where hundreds of West Papuan people, activists, and sympathizers hope to push the issue of West Papuan independence from Indonesia, and human rights abuse by Indonesian forces.

But Sika says, given PNG’s relationship with Indonesia, Police in the province, will not allow the raising of the West Papuan flag, to mark its proposed independence.

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