West Papua’s 50 years Fight for Independence Continues for Black Population from Indonesia 🇮🇩 Terrorist State

West Papua’s 50 years Fight for Independence Continues for Black Population from Indonesia 🇮🇩 Terrorist State

Trigger warning: Graphic video. Nigerian consular officer Abdulrahman Ibrahim was working in Jakarta, Indonesia, when he was detained and assaulted by numerous immigration officials in broad daylight. He was seen in the video saying, “I can’t breathe,” three times. This incident highlights Indonesia’s oppressive treatment of the Black population for over five decades in West Papua, located north of Australia. In a 1969 referendum, West Papua was declared part of Indonesia, in which about 1,000 representatives handpicked by the Indonesian military unanimously voted for Indonesian control under threat of death, according to a Guardian article. The nation’s indigenous population who mostly identify as Black have rejected this referendum and have been calling for independence ever since. Timi Frank, ambassador to East Africa and the Middle East for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, joins Marc Lamont Hill on “Black News Tonight” to discuss the fight for independence.

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