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Papua

Most people don’t even know that Papua exists, nor that it is a part of Indonesia.

What was Dutch New Guinea (in the days of the Dutch East Indies), then Irian Barat, later Irian Jaya and finally renamed in 2002, Papua. With the creation of West Papua in 2007 being the western peninsula of Papua

It is the eastern-most part of Indonesia.

Independence has more recently been a ticklish issue, with several attempts in recent years.

The latest…

Indonesia quashes Papua independence rally

Papuans gather every year to raise the flag, but this year has been particularly violent

Several people have been injured after Indonesian forces fired shots at Papuans gathered to mark 50 years since declaring independence, activists say.

Hundreds of Papuans reportedly danced and sang in a field in Timika, a town near a huge gold mine that has been a flashpoint in the past.

Activists say police fired warning shots after the Morning Star flag, a banned independence symbol, was raised.

But police say they dispersed the crowds using peaceful methods.

They claim reports of the incident have been exaggerated: “There were three places where the flag was raised, but so far there has been no arrests,” Papua police spokesman Wachyono told BBC Indonesia.

But activists said that several people were injured when the police opened fire.

“Police and military attacked the mass and shot four people after the raising of Morning Star flag,” local activist Markus Haluk told the Jakarta Globe newspaper.

Elsewhere in Papua Province there were sporadic outbreaks of violence, and at least one police officer was wounded in an attack.

Accusations of abuse

Papua declared independence 50 years ago when the former colonial rulers the Dutch pulled out.

But it was put under UN protection a year later amid a sovereignty dispute with Indonesia, which claimed the resource-rich area.

And Indonesia eventually took over in 1969 after a controversial referendum.

Since then, some Papuans have fought a violent campaign for independence from Jakarta.

Rights groups have accused the Indonesian security forces of widespread human rights abuses, and the government of continuing repression.

The illegal symbol of independence - The Morning Star flag

Several people have received long jail terms simply for raising the Morning Star flag.

The operation of the Grasberg gold and copper mine by US firm Freeport near Timika has proved particularly controversial.

Workers’ groups accuse the firm of exploiting the workforce and giving nothing back to the community – allegations denied by Freeport.

Miners have been striking at the facility for months, and sporadic violence has broken out.

 

Source: BBC News

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I have said before; and I’ll say it again!

China is a dangerous and treacherous blight on this planet!

From the BBC News:

Wen warns US on South China Sea dispute

China has warned “external forces” not to get involved in its maritime disputes with neighbouring countries over the South China Sea.

In comments apparently directed at the US, Premier Wen Jiabao said that the disputes should be resolved by “relevant sovereign states”.

Mr Wen spoke at a regional summit in Bali that US President Barack Obama is also attending.

But other nations want the contentious issue to be tackled at the forum.

The South China Sea contains some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, as well as oil and gas reserves.

China claims a huge U-shaped area of the sea – a claim that overlaps areas which Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Brunei say belong to them.

China’s increasingly assertive behaviour over its claim in recent months has alarmed several of its neighbours.

They are keen to negotiate with China as a bloc – but China prefers to tackle the issue through bilateral negotiations, and it does not want the US involved at all.

“External forces should not use any excuse to interfere,” he said in a speech carried by state news agency Xinhua.

“The dispute on the South China Sea is a matter that been going on for years. It should be resolved by the relevant sovereign states through friendly consultation and discussion directly.”

Read the rest on BBC News

Opinion:

China has, in the past, shown a direct aversion to “friendly consultation and discussion”.

Did China have “friendly consultation and discussion” with Taiwan?

Did Chine hava “friendly consultation and discussion” with Tibet?

Did China have “friendly consultation and discussion” over Tiananmen Square?

China is not interested in “friendly consultation and discussion.” China just wants and China just takes.

As they will try and do over the South China Sea. As you can see by the map above, China’s claims are totally out of all proportion to accepted international standards and maritime limits.

The Chinese sovereign greed is insatiable.

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