5 Apr 2018

West Papua pro-independence group subject to raids and arrests

From , 3:04 pm on 5 April 2018

A leading West Papuan pro-independence organisation suspects the arrests of dozens of its supporters by Indonesian police was a diversion tactic.

Yesterday police raided the headquarters of the West Papua National Committee, or KNPB, in Waena (a sub-district of Jayapura, the capital of Indonesian-ruled Papua province), damaging the offices and confiscating various items.

45 people were arrested, including KNPB members and students from the adjacent University of Cenderawasih.

Those arrested include the KNPB secretary-general Ones Suhuniap.

The chairman of the KNPB, Victor Yeimo, spoke about the arrests to Johnny Blades.

Mr Yeimo told him that police claimed the KNPB was behind distribution of leaflets about a plan to declare independence for Papua at an event today.

The West Papua National Committee chairman Victor Yeimo addressed the demonstration in the Papuan provincial capital, Jayapura.

The West Papua National Committee chairman Victor Yeimo addressed the demonstration in the Papuan provincial capital, Jayapura. Photo: Tabloid Jubi