Essay: Indonesian activist in solidarity with Papuan demonstration in Jakarta.

The following essay by  Surya Anta was written in response to a series of questions, I emailed him yesterday, August 4, 2011.

“I am here to give solidarity, not as a provocateur”*

Surya Anta, Jakarta, Indonesia, member Peoples Liberation Party

On August 2, 2011 I and Kholis Annasir from the student group Pusat Perjuangan Mahasiswa untuk Pembebasan Nasional (PEMBEBASAN – LIBERATION) attended a meeting to organize an action on the issue of Papua. The action was being organized by the West Papua National Committee (Komite Nasional Papua Barat – KNPB). We were invited to attend by Okto, the coordinator of the planned action. I was representing the Peoples’ Liberation Party (Partai Pembebasan Rakyat – PPR). I learned from the aksi coordinator after I was released that we were the only ones there providing political and organizational solidarity. Tommy from the human rights group Kontras was there to monitor the action.

Surya being drageed to police van

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