Papuan students reject Obama visit, demand closure of Freeport
Tribunnews.com - November 9, 2010
Alie Usman, Jakarta -- Scores of Papuan students from the Papuan Student
Alliance (AMP) have again protested against the visit by US President Barrack
Obama who is scheduled to arrive this afternoon. They are urging and calling on
Obama to cancel his visit to Indonesia.
The protesters, who gathered in front of the Freeport office in the Kuningan
area of South Jakarta, plan to continue holding actions by closing off one lane
of Jl. Rasuna Said. In addition to rejecting Obama's visit, the protesters also
demanded that the PT Freeport Mc Moran Gold & Cooper mine in Papua be closed
immediately.Action coordinator Rinto Kogoya said that the various problems occurring in
Papua need to be understood in the context of the interference by and role of
foreigners, particularly the US, which continues to exploit Papua's riches and
as the cause of crimes against humanity in Papua.
"Our aim is clear, we are demanding that Freeport be closed. Then sever
bilateral relations with America in the military field. On this occasion we are
also declaring our opposition to Obama's visit, which will not provide anything
for the reform of America".
In speeches, they also urged the Indonesian government, the US and the United
Nations to take responsibility for the political conspiracy that took place in
1969. Not only that, as an expression of their disappointment with the country
and also against the US, they called on the government to end bilateral
cooperation with the US in the military field.