In West Papua Three Indonesian Soldiers Shot Dead During Clashes With Liberation Army

Published October 28, 2019

West Papua

The West Papua National Liberation Army-Free Papua Movement (TPNPB) have announced that their forces shot dead 3 members of TNI/POLRI (Indonesian Armed Forces/Indonesian Police) during clashes in the Intan Jaya Regency on the morning of October 25th, 2019.

TPNPB stated that their troops witnessed the bodies of the occupying TNI/POLRI members being evacuated by Intan Jaya Regency Government officials. They stated that the bodies were then taken to TNI/POLRI headquarters.

TPNPB-OPM General Operations Commander Major General Lekagak Telenggen and Bridgen Militer Murib stated that their forces were responsible for the shootings and that the war will continue against the Indonesian Colonial Military and Police. They called for the Freeport Indonesia mine in West Papua to be closed down and for the UN to immediately intervene and regulate the right to self-determination for the people of West Papua.

The government in Jakarta maintains that West Papua region, which occupies the western half of the island of Papua New Guinea, is Indonesian because it was part of the Dutch East Indies colonial empire. West Papuans have been subjected to racism, torture, arrest and executions by the authorities ever since.

An armed rebellion by indigenous Papuans, who now make up about half the population after years of migration by people from other parts of Indonesia, has been fighting back.

From: Anarchists Worldwide