Attack on West Papua

Ang Bayan
January 7, 2012

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The International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS) strongly condemned the brutal attacks by Indonesian police and soldiers on the people of West Papua that began on December 13.

Tens of thousands of West Papuan residents were killed and wounded when Indonesian police and soldiers burned 17 communities. More tnan 20,000 people who were forced to evacuate from 130 dommunities are now suffering from hunger and disease.

Four combat battalions of the Indonesian Army (TNI) Konstrand Commandos launched the attack, using helicopter gunships. The troops are armed, trained and funded by the Australian and US governments. One of the attacking forces, Detachment 88, is likewise involved in the abduction, torture and killing of West Papuan civilians.

The Australian government has mainly come to the defense of Paniai Gold which is set to mine West Papua's natural resources. The ongoing military operation involves the direct use by the Indonesian military and police of helicopters owned by Derewo River Gold (DRG), a subsidiary of Paniai Gold which is owned by West Wits Mining, a gold mining company based in Melbourne, Australia.

Since April 2011, the reactionary Indonesian government has deployed its troops to encircle what it suspects to be the headquarters of the Paniai Free Papua Naional Liberation Army (TPN-OPM) under the command of Gen. Jhon Yogi.