Tension high in West Papua as Auckland raises Morning Star

The Morning Star flag of West Papua flies at Auckland Town Hall today. [Photo: Alex Perrottet]

The Morning Star flag, banned in West Papua, was raised in Aotea Square in Auckland today to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of West Papuan independence. Maire Leadbeater of the Indonesia Human Rights Committee said there was “extremely high tension” in West Papua as the Indonesian forces prepare to clamp down on celebrations today. “I’m very worried, particularly after recent episodes where police have opened fire on peaceful protesters,” she said.

Leadbeater was standing outside the Auckland Town Hall with other protesters to raise the Morning Star flag at 12pm today. Greens MP David Clendon was due to be present to raise the flag, but post-election meetings kept him away and Greens campaigner Lindis Capper-Starr took his place.

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