1300 West Papua Time – April 23, 2012
West Papua Media – MEDIA ADVISORY
Reports from credible West Papua Media sources have surfaced from Serui, on Yapen Island, West Papua, this morning (23/ April) that a major sweep by Indonesian security forces in currently underway against people involved in a massive demonstration against Indonesian rule last Friday, April 20. see https://westpapuamedia.info/2012/04/21/photo-report-scores-of-morning-star-flags-flown-in-serui-demo-despite-police-objections/
According to sources, armed Indonesian police and military have conducted rolling raids on motorbikes across villages including Mantembu and surrounding hamlets outside of Serui town, seeking to arrest all those who were involved in the mass flying of the banned Morning Star independence flag. It is not known if the troops belong to the Australian trained anti-terrorist Detachment 88 or POLRI Gegana (Motorbike anti-terror commando) units, but those being targeted were simply engaging in peaceful acts of free expression – guaranteed under Indonesian Law.
All contact with local sources has been lost, and West Papua Media is concerned for the safety of our stringers.
This information is unconfirmed to West Papua Media’s normal standard of confirmation, however we believe the information is credible.
This is a developing situation. Please stay tuned. More information as soon as we receive and verify it.
- Photo Report: Scores of Morning Star flags flown in Serui demo, despite police objections (westpapuamedia.info)
- Morning Star flag flew for 5 hours in Serui (westpapuamedia.info)
- Thousands across Papua demand UN step up to protect Papuan people: PHOTO AND VIDEO REPORT (westpapuamedia.info)
- Unconfirmed Reports of 3 Foreigners arrested in Fak-fak, West Papua (westpapuamedia.info)