Your help is needed to support 16 students who are being held in prison in West Papua and are currently on trial for taking part in a demonstration in which 5 police officers and one demonstrator were killed. Following recent successful protests in West Papua which closed the Freeport mine for a number of days costing millions in lost revenue to the mining companies students held a solidarity protest outside the university in Abepura where the clashes with police took place.
In response the police launched house-to-house searches and patrols in and around Abepura during which a number of student dormitories were badly damaged. Vehicles were stopped and searched and Papuan passengers were dragged out, kicked and beaten. Students from the Central Highlands appeared to be targeted in revenge attacks reminiscent of those that took place in Abepura in December 2000 when three students were killed and dozens more were tortured in police custody.
A total of 57 people, mostly students, were arrested. Hundreds of others fled to the surrounding hills to find sanctuary. 16 people are being held by the police as suspects. They are facing a number of charges, including murder and subversion. An unknown number of others wanted by the police are still in hiding. There have been reports of torture against two of the detainees.
You can support these prisoners by phoning the prison guards and telling them we are watching them, not to mistreat the prisoners and to give the prisoners our messages of support. These actions have proved successful before, bringing better conditions to prisoners and even allowing for charges to be dropped. Please phone the prison and the police on the following numbers :
The most important thing is just to say the prisoners names a lot, even if they don’t understand English, and make it clear you are phoning from abroad.
Some Indonesian phrases you can use (pronunciation guide in brackets) :
Saya telepon tentang ... (Sy-ar telepon tentang..) - I am telephoning about
Hati hati (Harti harti) - Be careful
Kami jaga lihat anda sekarang. (Karmee jargar leehat anda seykarang) - We are watching you now
Saya dari Inggris. (Sy-yar dary Ingrees) - I am from England
Kamu pratikan baik kesehatan mereka, minum, makan dan keselamatan mereka. (Karmu prateekan bike kay-say-hartan meraykar, minum, makan dankay-selamtan meraykar) - Treat them well, give food, water and look after them)
Kami tahu apa yang lakukan di lembaga. (Karmee tarhoo apa yang larkookan dee lembarga) - We know what you do in the prison
Kami adalah teman mereka. (Karmee ard-ar-lar tayman meraykar) - We are their friends
Papua Merdeka ! - Free Papua !
The prison phone number is : +62 967 581705
Address : Lembaga Pemasyarakatan Abepura, Jl. Kesehataan, Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia
You can also phone the police on the following numbers : +62 967 533763 , +62 967 531829
Also feel free to write/send cards of support to the prisoners at the above address.
The prisoners names are :
Mon Jefri Obaja Pawika
Matias Mihel Dimara
Source : ELP