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Friday, November 30, 2012
Leading musicians rally the West Papuan Rize of The Morning Star on Melbourne streets for December 1.
Musicians from Blue King Brown, Sir George Telek from Papua New Guinea and Uncle Bart Willoughby from legendary Aboriginal band Coloured Stone will play live at a rally being held at the State Library, Decmber 1, 12pm, to show solidarity for the West Papuan people as they commemorate the 51st anniversary of their freedom, stolen by Indonesia.
As demonstrations are held across West Papua to raise the banned Morning Star Independence flag on Saturday, risking the ongoing brutality of Indonesian security forces who deem this peaceful act to be treason, Australian people will be taking to the streets of Melbourne to call for an end to Canberra’s support for Indonesian violence in West Papua.
ONE PEOPLE ONE SOUL
International Day of Action For First Nation People of West Papua!
Gather at Victoria State Library, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne CBD.
Followed by the march of 51 flags and a flash mob (Yospan) to Fed Square.
Only 250 km from Australian shores, 50 years of brutal occupation, Australian trained military, estimated 500,000+ Papuans killed or disappeared, ongoing imprisonment of political prisoners and no access to media. The time has come to stand with indigenous West Papuans and demand their human rights be protected and their struggle for self-determination be recognised and aided.
Speakers, live entertainment and West Papuan Dance.
More info at: www.rizeofthemorningstar.com
For comment, please contact Ronny Kareni +61401222177
For media coordination, please contact West Papua Media at+61450079106
From Blue King Brown:
“Let the light shine through the darkness for the dawning of a new day come…with the rise of the Morning Star…>>>>
Get up for West Papua this Sat 1st Dec in Melbourne. 12pm State Library.
We truly believe that the injustices faced daily by West Papuans must come to an immediate and lasting end, and that the international community and especially Australians have the power to help our closest neighbours achieve a quality of life that we all enjoy daily… It has been 51 years since the first flag raising ceremony of the Morning Star Flag in West Papua, 51 years of horrific human rights abuse by the indonesian military. 51 years living under the threat of violence, imprisonment and murder… 51 years of complete media block out to the region… 51 years too many. It’s time for Australians and our global community to get behind those indigenous West Papuan voices calling for justice, calling for their human rights to be protected, and calling for their right to a just referendum where all Indigenous Papuans get the right to vote and decide their own future. Merdeka!”