Free West Papua

[Paradigm Shift 27 May 2016 12-1pm 102.1fm]

Andy speaks with Benny Wenda, globe-trotting West Papuan independence activist. They talk about Papuan resistance and  Benny plays some freedom songs live in the studio!  They are joined by Joanne from Rise Up for West Papua.

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Spokesperson for the unified movement Benny Wenda is treated to a chiefly welcome at the opening ceremony of the meeting in Port Vila. Photo: Ben Bohane/ wakaphotos.com

Benny talks about Break the Silence tour and building links with Rise Up for West Papua.

The Unified movement represents a new hope for West Papuans to continue building momentum for their struggle.

Benny explains the role of music in changing the political situation in West Park. Benny said music is a very big part of the culture and it plays an important role in educating and bringing people into the movement for change.

The recently elected spokesperson for  of Free West Papua talks about his own personal story and the grief that he has suffered in the struggle of his people against the brutal Indonesian military.

Benny escaped into exile from West Papua Feb 2003 and became a asylum seeker in Great Britain. On the show he played songs took to him on the ukulele by his wife.

Andy asked Benny about the prospects for a new state of West Papua especially given the difficulties faced by both PNG and East Timor.

Benny explained that the struggle is for freedom and with freedom the murders and the brutality by the Indonesian military will cease.

Notes by Ian Curr.

Reference
Free West Papua Manifesto

Rize for West Paua

 

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