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Bodies found after bloody rally in West Papua

Broadcast: 21/10/2011


The discovery of three bodies has strengthened claims Indonesian soldiers killed protesters at a
rally in West Papua.


ALI MOORE, PRESENTER: There's been more violence in the Indonesian province of West Papua with
reports that three people have been shot dead near a large gold and copper mine where thousands of
workers have been on strike for higher pay.

The shootings follow Wednesday's bloody crackdown in the capital, Jayapura, during which Indonesian
soldiers reportedly killed nine Papuan protesters.

(Footage of Wednesday's shooting)

These pictures show soldiers opening fire after a meeting of the Papua People's Congress declared
independence from Indonesia.

Activists were beaten as security forces dispersed thousands of delegates to the meeting.

In Australia the Greens are calling on the Government to suspend military cooperation with

RICHARD DI NATALE, AUSTRALIAN GREENS: We believe that the Australian Government should cease its
support for the Indonesian military. We also believe that foreign journalists should be allowed in
West Papua as a matter of urgency. And that the Australian Government should provide a fact-finding
mission to exactly ascertain what the current situation is in West Papua.

ALI MOORE: The Australian Government has described the violence as disproportionate, but the UK's
parliamentary human rights group has condemned Indonesia's actions, calling for the immediate
release of hundreds of detained West Papuans.

Indonesia says the declaration of independence by the congress was an act of treason.