Joint prayers in Papua by Street Parliament banned by the police

Bintang Papua, 27 June 2012

Jayapura: The Street Parliament planned to hold joint prayers by Papuans in the city of Jayapura, in response to the security situation in Papua during the months of May and June and their impact on human beings.

Unfortunately however, the police have refused to grant permission for these joint prayers to be held., according to Yusak Pakage, co-ordinator of the Street Parliament.

The intention was for Christians as well as non Christians to take part in this joint prayer meeting as a sign of the brotherhood between the Papuan people of all religions, for democracy and to avoid horizontal conflicts.

But when the organisers of this event informed the police of their intentions, the police refused to grant permission. Yusak therefore  apologised to the Papuan people that the event will not take place, after having announced their intention to organise these joint prayers.

Yusak also said that they visited the mayor of Jayapura to inform him of their intentions and he expressed support for the idea.

The intention to hold joint prayers was also raised with the  board of the Hope Church in Jayapura, for the joint prayers to take place in the church. But the executive board of the church was not willing for this to happen, fearing that this would be seen as a political event.

Yusak also drew attention to 1 July  which is the anniversary of the establishment of TPN/OPM and the commemoration of Bahayangkara,  and urged the Papuan people not to be provoked in any way..

[Translated by TAPOL}

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