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Issue #1610      September 11, 2013

Freedom Flotilla

Dear Friends in solidarity with West Papua, Timor-Leste and progressive Indonesians

The Freedom Flotilla to West Papua left Cairns towards West Papua. Sadly, this courageous venture is not receiving much attention from the mainstream Australian media.

However, the then Australian Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, let his attitude be known when he was asked about the Flotilla. His comment went something like this: The Australian government is being respectful of Indonesia’s territorial integrity.

This line is very familiar to those of us who have followed the disgraceful policies of Australian governments during the illegal Indonesian military (TNI) occupation of East Timor. These Indonesian apologists never talked about the territorial integrity of East Timor or of West Papua and they try to tell us that Indonesia is now a democracy!

In addition,they always tried to underscore the gravity of the genocide and gross human rights abuses that were being committed by the TNI there as they continued to provide military aid to and cooperate with this terrorist organisation.

The Australian East Timor Friendship Association sent a message of solidarity to the Flotilla a short time ago and, as a result, I have had the opportunity to talk and share information with Reuben Blake who is doing the media work for the venture.

Please spread this news around to family, friends and fellow activists and urge them to raise this matter with candidates in the forthcoming election. Now is the time to tell politicians that Australians want political leaders that genuinely care about human rights and don’t cop out the way so many have done in relation to West Papua, East Timor and Indonesia.

At the 2013 elections, vote 1 for human rights and encourage, family members, friends and fellow workers to do the same.

In solidarity

Andrew (Andy) Alcock

Information Officer: Australia East Timor Friendship Association (SA) Inc
Member: Australia West Papua Association SA

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