"We are not monkeys" - West Papuans demand self-determination in London
West Papuan protest outside Indonesian embassy on 7 September, photo James Ivens (Click to enlarge)
James Ivens, East London Socialist Party
Dozens of West Papuan protesters and supporters demonstrated outside the Indonesian embassy on 7 September against state repression of the independence movement.
Indonesian military officers have been filmed calling Papuans "monkeys," and protesters carrying the West Papuan flag face arbitrary arrest. Speakers in London demanded a self-determination referendum, release of prisoners, and an end to racism and violence.
A Socialist Party member from East Timor, a former colony of Indonesia, expressed solidarity with the Papuan struggle.
Other Socialist Party speakers proposed strikes to help win the movement's demands, and appeals to unions in Indonesia for solidarity action. The Indonesian capitalist establishment keeps both ordinary Papuans and ordinary Indonesians in dire poverty.
Papua's forests, copper mines and gold mines are very profitable, so the Indonesian state will not grant independence willingly. Strikes in these sectors would have real power. Forming strike committees and local defence committees could allow workers to resist repression and build for a referendum.
Liberating West Papua requires breaking the power of the local, colonial and international owners. This would have to include nationalising natural resources under democratic workers' control and management.
Workers in Britain can help by fighting for mass action to bring down the Tories and usher in a pro-worker, Corbyn-led government amenable to Papuan self-determination.
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In The Socialist 11 September 2019:
International socialist news and analysis
Far right makes gains in Germany
South Africa: Xenophobic violence - a product of failed capitalist policies
West Papuans demand self-determination in London
What we think
Tories in tatters: Corbyn must seize the time
Capitalist 'democracy' v socialist democracy
TUC: Lost opportunity to organise a united struggle
NSSN lobby of TUC: Upbeat meeting calls for trade union lead to boot out Tories
Fighting PCS general secretary needed - Marion Lloyd: Why I am standing
End austerity in the civil service: General election now
PCS strike at BEIS: "The life we live is not liveable"
Unions must fight to make bus drivers and passengers safe
Asda workers protest against worse contract
UCU ballots - yes to strike action on pensions, pay, workloads and equality
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Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Students and workers unite against fees, low pay climate change
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Another London block of flats destroyed by fire - remove unsafe cladding now!
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Frimley hospital staff fight back-door privatisation
Leicester Kashmir protest rejects religious smokescreen
Salisbury welcomes Socialist campaigners
Socialist newspaper sales round-up
Coventry: 100 pack meeting against congestion charge
Climate strikes: trade union round-up
Scotland and Brexit: Developing threat to the capitalist union
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