JUBI, 29 March 2011
PRP calls for release of nurses
In a statement issued today, the Working People’s Association, the PRP, has called for the release of nurses arrested in Abepura, West Papua.
‘When working people demand a decent living, the neo-liberal regime
responds by arresting them.This is happening everywhere in Indonesia and on this occasion in Jayapura. Nurses working at DokII General Hospital have been under arrest for calling for the payment of incentives which they have been demanding since January 2010,’ said the PRP.
According to the PRP, this criminalisation of working people for demanding better living conditions is happening not only in Papua.
Working people elsewhere in Indonesia are also experiencing the same
thing. This is being done in order to silence the demands of the working people and to thwart the rights of working people to organise themselves.
It went on to say that union busting is happening on a grand scale
across the country, a sign that the the neo-liberal regime is scared
when working people organise themselves and demand their rights.
Measures to thwart the right of assembly and the right to organise or
even to organise demonstrations in happening in many parts of the
country, such as for example the district of Bintan.
The statement which is signed by the national chairman and the
secretary-general of the PRP makes the following demands:
1. Release the DokII nurses who have been arrested by the police because they organised a strike.Charging them with incitement is pure fantasy on the part of the police.
2. Working people throughout Indonesia should resist these efforts to
silence trade unions and organisations.
3. New forces need to be built by all sections of the working people in
Indonesia in opposition to the neo-liberal regime.
4. Capitalism and neo-liberalism have failed to improve the living
conditions of the people. Only socialism can bring prosperity to the people.
- Australian Nurses Demand Release of Jailed Nurses in West Papua (westpapuamedia.info)
- More reports about arrested nurses in Papua (westpapuamedia.info)