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The world is watching Papua: Greens

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Richard Di Natale 19 Oct 2011

The Australian Greens today urged the Indonesian authorities to show restraint at the 3rd Papuan National Congress in Jayapura, and warned them that the world is watching what occurs.

"The Congress is a peaceful event, and the Papuan people have a right to assemble and discuss their future," said Greens West Papua spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, from the Australian Parliament today. "To meet without threat of violence is a fundamental human right that all citizens enjoy."

The Senator's remarks were in response to reports that a heavy police and paramilitary presence was converging on Taboria Oval, the site of the Congress, and that violence seemed imminent.

"No level of violence is acceptable at a peaceful gathering," added Senator Di Natale. "The authorities will have to answer to the world for any bloodshed."

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