Subject: In West Papua, 41 Nabbed For Hoisting Morning Star Flag
The Jakarta Post Sunday, July 20, 2008
41 nabbed for hoisting flag
INDONESIA: Police have detained 41 people in Fakfak, 890 kilometers west of
Jayapura, for allegedly hoisting the Bintang Kejora (Morning Star) flag on
Papua Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto said three of detainees hoisted
the flag in front of the former people's self-determination vote (Pepera)
office. All 41 are former political prisoners.
Agus said police had seized the flag and several documents, written in a
local dialect, as well as several sharp weapons as evidence.
"The police will conduct an investigation to obtain further
information," he added.
Under Article 106 of the Criminal Code, the detainees can be charged for
plotting a coup. The charge carries a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.
The flag has long been a symbol of the region's separatist rebellion, with
the Papuan Tribal Council urging the government to recognize the flag as a
cultural symbol for Papuans.
Wilhelmina Woy, secretary of the council's Fakfak office, said the
flag-raising had been engineered by other parties, and called on the police to
arrest the real culprits and release the innocent detainees. -- JP
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