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June Mills tak akan berhenti membuat mural West Papua di Australia

June Mills dikelilingi para suporternya di depan mural karya dirinya yang telah dicat ulang secara diam-diam orang pihak yang tidak diketahui - RNZI/June Mills

June Mills dikelilingi para suporternya di depan mural karya dirinya yang telah dicat ulang secara diam-diam orang pihak yang tidak diketahui – RNZI/June Mills

Enarotali, Jubi – Seorang tetua Aborigin dan seniman mengatakan dirinya merasa sangat terganggu dan marah karena mural karyanya untuk mendukung West Papua sudah dihancurkan.

Namun hal tersebut, tegas seniman perempuan kawakan ini, tidak akan membuatnya berhenti mengadvokasi kemerdekaan West Papua bersama-sama komunitas Aboriginnya.

Karya seni itu yang berwujud mural raksasa yang dilukiskannya di dinding Kota Darwin pada tahun 2015 menunjukkan solidaritas antara masyarakat asli Australia dan rakyat West Papua, kini sudah dicat kembali Minggu lalu.

June Mills mengatakan tidak jelas juga siapa yang bertanggung jawab melakukan pengecatan ulang Mural tersebut dan dirinya sangat terkejut dengan tindakan pengecatan yang menurut dia klandestein (aktivitas tertutup/diam-diam)  itu.

June justru merasa khawatir terkait situasi yang tak menentu di West Papua dan dia ingin sekali membuat lebih banyak mural, meskipun karyanya baru saja mengalami suatu tindakan yang menurutnya sebuah kemunduran di Australia.

“Sambil kita bicara ini kekerasan terus terjadi (di Papua), hingga situasi itu teratasi, kami tidak akan berhenti membawa masalah ini agar menjadi perhatian komunitas internasional. Apapun bentuknya, baik poster, mural-mural, bicara di muka publik, apa saja, baik di forum-forum, dimanapun, kita akan terus lanjutkan.”

“Mural tersebut padahal sangat dicintai oleh komunitas di Darwin,” ujarnya.(*)

June Mills tak akan berhenti membuat mural West Papua di Australia was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

Australian unions pledge support for West Papua

The s has renewed a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Republic of West Papua (FRWP), pledging support for the cause of West Papuan self-determination.

The signing ceremony on 15 May was attended by members of the West Papuan community and a number of trade union leaders, including ACTU president Ged Kearney, Victorian Trades Hall secretary Luke Hilakari, Communication Workers Union Victorian branch secretaries Len Cooper and Joan Doyle and Maritime Union Victorian branch secretary Kevin Bracken.

FRWP minister for foreign affairs, immigration and trade, Jacob Rumbiak, told Red Flag that the memorandum, first signed in 2000, is being renewed because there is now greater international recognition of and support for West Papua.

The territory covers the western half of the island of New Guinea, located just north of Australia. It has been under Indonesian rule since the mid-1960s. More than 100,000 West Papuans are estimated to have been killed as a result of the occupation. The Indonesian military acts with impunity, often hand-in-glove with the operators of the Grasberg mine, the largest gold mine in the world.

“I hope that this [renewal] will in turn mean that the ACTU will petition the ALP to change its policy”, Dr Rumbiak said. The Labor Party currently supports Special Autonomy for West Papua. That path was initiated in 2001 but led nowhere. “They should change to support the right of self-determination”, he said.

The memorandum also pledges to “support the application by the United Liberation Movement (ULM) of West Papua for full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group”. The United Liberation Movement, of which the FRWP is a part, was formed in December last year to present a common voice of a number of different groups within the West Papuan liberation struggle.

The Melanesian Spearhead Group consists of Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, along with the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front of New Caledonia. If the ULM were granted membership of the Spearhead Group, it would be seen as an endorsement of West Papua‘s right to self-determination.

[To find out more about the campaign for West Papuan self-determination, visit freewestpapua.org.]

SourceL https://redflag.org.au/

Australian unions pledge support for West Papua was originally published on PAPUAPost.com