Police Respond to Benny Wenda's West Papua Provisional Govt Declaration

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian National Police (Polri) on Wednesday has officially considered the declaration of West Papua’s provisional government by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) as a form of provocation and propaganda. 

    “This is a form of provocation and propaganda,” said the National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Awi Setiyono at the South Jakarta headquarters on December 2. 

    The National Police spokesman then reminded people - especially Papuans - to not be provoked by the arbitrary provisional government declaration from the organization led by Benny Wenda. He asserted that Papua and West Papua are still officially under the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).

    “That is final and is not to be bargained with,” said Awi.

    Previously reported, the ULMWP - initiated by renowned West Papua freedom movement figure Benny Wenda - had self-proclaimed to be West Papua’s president. They also had arbitrarily established a temporary government led by Benny who remains to be an Indonesian government fugitive currently residing in the UK.

    Read: DPR Condemns Arbitrary Independence Declaration in West Papua

    ANDITA RAHMA