Michael Bachelard, Colin Cosier
JAKARTA: One Freedom Flotilla protest vessel has completed its ceremonial mission, meeting activists from West Papua in secret and under the noses of the Indonesian armed forces, while another acted as a decoy, organisers have claimed.
Australian organisers of the pro-West Papuan separatist protest have released a statement saying one “tiny” boat from either country met “near the Australian-Indonesian border” to exchange symbolic items — water from Lake Eyre, and ash from the fires of Aboriginal tent embassies around Australia.
The Australians are protesting against Indonesian actions in West Papua. A group of protesters – including at least one indigenous West Papuan man who was accepted as a refugee in Australia in 2006 — had earlier planned to make landfall on the Indonesian territory.