Plea for urgent support in Papua

Urgent Action – Indonesian Military launch mass offensive
JUNE 6, 2012

Dear Friend of West Papua

I am writing to you with my heart full of sadness, urging you ask your Government to act now to help my people!

Today the Indonesian Military has launched a ferocious wave of attacks against Papuan civilians in the highland town of Wamena.

Eight people are confirmed dead so far and 17 injured. Reports state that hundreds of people have fled the town and are now hiding in the hills surrounding it, as Indonesian military continue their offensive.

We urgently need UN peacekeepers to be sent. More than 500,000 civilians have been slaughtered by the Indonesian Military since 1963, and I fear the current massacre will be alike to the Santa Cruz massacre the Indonesian Military committed in East Timor.

On behalf of my people I am asking YOU to raise your voice right now as loud and clear as you can.

Please call your local and national media organisation. Contact your local MP to urge support. Call the Indonesian Embassy in your country and tell them to stop their military operations against a defenceless people.

My people demand nothing more than the freedom to think, the freedom to move, the freedom to act, and the freedom to choose their own destiny without fear of killing, rape, torture, intimidation, murder or oppression.

Please hear my peoples cry at this most critical time.

Benny Wenda

West Papuan independence leader and chairman of the Koteka Tribal Assembly

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