30 Jun 2014

Reports of Indonesian clamp in Papua

7:38 pm on 30 June 2014

There are reports of pressure from the Indonesian military on Papuan activist groups ahead of a planned rally in the provinces tomorrow.

July the 1st marks the day in 1971 when Papuan leaders proclaimed the region's independence from Jakarta.

The Free West Papua Movement was planning activities in Jayapura, including hoisting the Morning Star flag.

But the Antara News reports Major General Christian Zebua saying soldiers will shoot any independence supporters who attend.

A spokesperson for the Australia West Papua Association, Joe Collins, says the intimidation tactics by security forces belie Indonesia's claim of being a democracy.

He says the activists' freedom of opinion and expression is being quashed.