02 Dec 2011
Papuan activists take part in a rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, marking the 50th anniversary of failed efforts to declare independence. (aap)
West Papuan independence rallies pass relatively peacefully.
The relatively peaceful passing of West Papuan independence rallies in Indonesia yesterday (1 Dec) are being hailed as a breakthrough for the movement.
The Morning Star flag was illegally raised across two provinces just north of Australia, and while there was gunfire, fears of another brutal crackdown were not realised.
West Papuans have been seeking independence since Indonesia invaded in 1962, after the end of 130 years of Dutch colonial rule.
Queensland correspondent Stefan Armbruster spoke with Jason McLeod from the University of Queensland, whose speciality is the West Papuan non-violent movement.