West Papua Honai Embassy Vigil – Melbourne

West Papuan and non-Papuan activists and supporters for a Free West Papua in Melbourne prepare to set up a vigil overnight across the Indonesian Consulate. As part of the global flag raising day, it is tragic to hear about the arrests of hundreds of Papuan Student of Alliance (AMP) in Jogjakarta and shootings in Yapen that left four people died.

Spokesperson at the West Papua Honai Embassy – Melbourne, Ronny Kareni, condemned the inhumane treatment of Papuans who peacefully celebrate this historic day. “We are saddened by the lost of our Papuan activists by Indonesian security forces crackdown on peaceful activists and condemned the barbaric act from the state,” said Mr Kareni. ”It clearly shows Indonesia has no place in West Papua.”

The sad news have strengthen the supporters at the West Papua Honai Embassy conviction to continue their vigil overnight at the Indonesian Consulate – Melbourne. Izzy Brown, who helped in organising the event today said “We stand in solidarity with West Papuans who were arrested today Jogjakarta and West Papua.”

The supporters at the Honai Embassy call out for Melbournians to come and join them in solidarity at the camp opposite the Indonesian consulate on this global day in support for the ongoing cry and hopes of the indigenous people of West Papua. Meg, Jaadwa woman and member of Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, said that she came in solidarity with our West Papuan brothers and sisters in our shared struggles. “We condemn the Australian government’s involvement in training and funding Indonesian paramilitary forces that protect the interests of Australian and multinational mining corporations,” Meg said. She drew parallels between the forced closures of Aboriginal homeland communities and re-iterated that we as indigenous people are united.

The people also raised a traditional West Papuan Honai embassy to symbolise indigenous people’s struggles as they are displaced from their homelands, their culture, language and freedom. The flag was raised in solidarity with activists across West Papua repressed by Indonesian forces as they attempted to raise the flag this morning.

Since the Morning Star flag was first raised 54 years ago, the Melanesian peoples of West Papua have continued to suffer under Indonesian occupation with an estimated 500,000 people missing or murdered since the Indonesian invasion in 1963. The Australian government is complicit in this slow genocide through its’ military and diplomatic support of the Indonesian government. Multinational mining corporations wreak environmental devastation for huge profit while local people are displaced from their homelands.

West Papuans and their supporters from all over the world call on their governments to support West Papua’s claim of their homeland and freedom for their people.

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West Papua Freedom Forum

WEST PAPUA FREEDOM FORUM 4th to 6th July Stokes Hill Wharf Function Centre, Stokes Hill Rd, DARWIN ENTRY FREE or by donation, food & refreshments by donation Welcome to Country Sat 4th July 10am
Enquiries: 0497513584 or 0410535896 or 0450672692
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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 and Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, Arabunna Elder, as well as the West Papua Freedom Flotilla, Australians For a Free West Papua and the Federated Republic West Papua Women’s Office to come together on Larrakia Country in Darwin for the West Papua Freedom Forum 2015.

Get involved in a nation wide anti-colonization gathering of consciousness to coordinate solidarity between allies within the Free West Papua movement and Indigenous struggle everywhere. Share skills and experiences, and increase involvement in each others projects, we invite you to propose a workshop, talk, creative action, storytelling or musical performance.

The Freedom Forum will result in a public statement and action plan.

“We cant have this murder on our door step. We must contest the Indonesian authority. We must free West Papua at all cost, we gonna need all your help.’’ Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, Arabunna Elder

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Share skills and experiences, and increase involvement in each others projects, we invite you to propose a workshop, talk, creative action, storytelling or musical performance.  Please let us know if you want to propose a contribution to the event, or if there are any other key people in the campaign that we should forward this invitation to (Contact Izzy Brown, logistics 0410535896 or izzybrown@live.com)


We are still fundraising for this event. Please consider donating to help make it happen! BENDIGO BANK bsb 633000 a/c 153295308

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.

Last year we witnessed the historic foundation of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, bringing the West Papuan National Coalition for Liberation, the Federated Republic of West Papua and the National Parliament of West Papua (along with the West Papuan National Committee) together in their push for diplomatic recognition at the MSG. We believe that now is the time for the Australian Solidarity movement to follow their lead and revive the co-operation between our regional campaign groups, consolidate our strength and co-ordinate our strategies to increase pressure on the Australian and Indonesian governments.

We believe that the Australian campaign strength lies in its regional and demographic diversity, with campaign groups having strengths including church and union organising, academic research and media production, fundraising and direct action. By co-ordinating our campaigns around certain events and focused demands, we can better share our skills and resources and amplify the effects of our campaign internationally.

Flotilla Fundraiser Sydney

Flotilla Fundraiser Sydney

P1160544Friday 29th May @ Monster Mouse warehouse

Come for an indulgent night of some bad arse live music while supporting the West Papua Freedom Flotilla.

If you haven’t already heard, the West Papua Freedom Flotilla is an initiate of Indigenous Elders and West Papua to build a global solidarity and highlight the abuses of human rights and land rights carried out under the occupations of their lands on an international stage.

The line up will include Monkeymarc feat Mc Izzy from Combat Wombat, Thrasher Polka, SlingShot and Cap a Capo. Felon and the ProVocals and Black Vat Trio will also be playing!

We will also be providing food by donation.

Entry $5-10
Hope to see you all there!

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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