[Marxism] West Papua: Violent crackdown as 50 years of occupation marked

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Tue May 28 20:25:24 MDT 2013

In West Papua, May 1 holds a special significance besides being the
international day marking working-class struggle. It was on May 1, 1963,
that Indonesia was granted control of the western half of the New Guinea
island the by the United Nations.

Since then, many West Papuan independence and human rights activists have
been jailed, tortured and killed for demanding real democracy and a genuine
independence referendum. As thousands of people across the region prepared
for May 1 demonstrations marking 50 years of brutal occupation, the
Indonesian authorities launched raids on April 30.
“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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