MARTYN NAMORONG | Namorong Report
On 1 December 1961, the people of West Papua were granted their freedom and nationhood by the departing colonial power, the Netherlands.
On this historic occasion, the West Papuan Morning Star flag was raised for the first time, the first West Papuan legislature was convened, the national anthem of the West Papuan people was sung and all the trappings of a West Papuan nation were demonstrated internationally.
However, a year later, in 1962, the Indonesian military invaded and annexed the predominantly Melanesian-peopled West Papuan nation. This illegal act is well-documented and is the subject of growing demands for the revisitation of the role of all parties involved in this scandal.
In collective resistance against the Indonesian colonial rule in West Papua, Papua New Guineans will join their West Papuan brothers and sisters next Sunday to raise the Morning Star in various locations around the country.
As part of the Sorong to Samarai campaign, the day itself will be a reminder of the injustices committed against the West Papuan people and the urgent need for Papua New Guinean and Melanesian solidarity in raising the profile of West Papuan self-determination on the international stage. The PNG media is invited to participate in this endeavour.
The final week of November 2013, leading to the main event of December 1, 2013 will include a series of activities in the Free West Papua campaign. These include today’s launch of events by West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda, a regional meeting of Melanesian and Pacific Island members of International Parliamentarians for West Papua on Thursday and a Freedom Walk in Port Moresby on Sunday.