Harold Green’s presentation (center, wearing white Morning Star t-shirt):
I want to commend Moana Nui for organizing this demonstration on behalf of our Brothers and Sisters in West Papua to help give voice to their fight for freedom, the fight for their to right to self-determination. This being just 2 days after the birthday of one of the greatest freedom fighters in history: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Whom I’m sure that if he were alive and was aware of what is taking place in West Papua, would be speaking out against it as well.
I also want to commend the people of West Papua, for their relentless and courageous fight for their freedom, against a racist and brutal occupation of their land
These days when I wake up in the morning and read about ongoing developments in West Papua, including the just published West Papua Human Rights Report for 2012 by the Australia West Papua Association, what I’m am painfully made aware of, is that since Barack Obama has been president, things seemingly have gotten worse for our brothers and sisters in West Papua as his administration continues to arm and train the Indonesian military and security forces, which now includes the promise to sell to Indonesia, the very deadly Apache Helicopters which we know will be used in West Papua. So we take this time to condemn president Obama for these decisions.
But President Obama isn’t the only leader who is arming and training the Indonesian military. It is also David Cameron: Prime Minister of not so great Britain, Julia Gillard Prime Minister of Australia and given Australian history, you would think that by now, it would have grown weary of facilitating genocide. But that does not seem to be the case. And there are other leaders of governments that are arming and training the Indonesian military and we condemn them as well.
And so we call on these leaders and their respective governments, particularly those governments that are always espousing the principles of human rights, to stop supporting human rights abuse, murder, genocide and colonialism in West Papua.
And I’ll end my comments by saying to our Brothers and Sisters in West Papua; continue to fight for what you know is right, continue to fight for your freedom, for your culture, for humanity, and know that in this fight, you are not alone.