Nov 24, 2008
I will support Benny Wenda if Indonesia still held the military and autocratic New Order system. But since 1998, a big change happened in Indonesia and all Indonesian can speak freely and openly to the world about everything. Indonesian press is also one of the freest in the world today. My only reaction to Benny Wenda campaign in UK is that please stop telling lies to British people. I will suggest Benny Wenda to go home and see the development in Papua by his own eyes.
For about 36 Years, West Papuan voice never hear outside world because West Papuan People are under the Military Control and we describe that Papuan People almost like in the prison because every were is Military. Most of Indonesian share similar situation from Aceh Sumatra, Kalimantan, Java, Sulawesi, Bali, Maluku to Papua. Militaristic approach was everywhere. However, today is totally different. Papuan now can express their feeling even in the central of Jakarta, for example the picture of Papuan demonstrator below is taken in the heart of Jakarta:
Benny Wenda gave a pack of lies about bringing West Papuan crying for justice to British people.
Benny said that West Papuan are live under the military occupation. West Papuan people are not free, but they are under the military control and Indonesia Police and Military always intimidate the West Papuan people. What a lies? However I do understand why Benny should keep telling lies to British people, because as an asylum seeker he should maintain his status so British people who pay the tax will still supporting him regardless every lies that he spread in UK.
I feel sorry for the British people who are not aware about the reality in Papua. I recommend to all British people to visit Indonesian Embassy in London to have a cross check about Papua. I believe in the cleverness of British people, hopefully British people will not buy any lies that Benny said. Please visit Papua and see the huge different with what Benny said. Before that, you might like to ask Indonesian Embassy in London to explain more about Papua.
Here is a picture from my friend in Liverpool: