Messages from the crew of the Pog to the people of West Papua on the return towards Australia. “You have touched our hearts and minds and have inspired us not to give up the fight!” Image by akrockefeller, recorded direct via satellite from the studios of 3CR Community Radio Melbourne. Transcipt below:
The Flotilla is now in Indonesian Exclusive Economic Zone heading to Merauke. They are still attempting to contact Indonesian authroties to establish a dialogue.
Izzy Brown speaking from PNG waters. The flotilla is waiting for the right weather conditions to enter Indonesian waters. Izzy gives us an update on their attempts at dialogue with the Indonesian authorities.
Izzy Brown from the border of PNG and Australian waters, 50 nautical miles from Indonesian owned West Papuan waters
Izzy Brown reads the demands of the Freedom Flotilla to Free the Political Prisoners, and Free West Papua!
1.We demand that President Forkorus Yaboisembut and Prime minister Edison Waromi be released from prison and that all political prisoners be released with out conditions.
2. We demand that the Republic of Indonesia enter into negotiations with the Federated Republic of West Papua with UN as third party presence in these negotiations.
3. The Freedom Flotilla on behalf of a large international community request an immediate fact finding mission to West Papua.
Amos Wainggai membaca tuntutan Freedom Flotilla yang akan disampaikan kepada Angkatan Laut Merauke sama Presiden SBY.
Sam, making the final crossing to West Papua on the Pog, talks of the challenges he’s faced onboard the Freedom Flotilla, as a refugee from Kenya, and relates to the everyday struggles of West Papuans against oppression.
Tyron from Trudy met up with the rest of the crew on Pog Mo Hon, explains about the mision to bring the ashes and water to West Papua, and shouts out to all the poeple involved and helping out on the seas and on the land.
Izzy reports from the Pog boat that the crew are packing up and preparing to leave Horne Island heading for the Australian-Indonesian sea border. She also shares her thoughts on the election and muses on the story of the flotilla so far.
Izzy Brown gives thanks for the support of the Flotilla, West Papuan and refugee rights but “is prepared for a fight” after this election “if somethings goes horribly wrong”.