Showing my solidarity with West Papua.
Dear Friends in solidarity with West Papua, Timor-leste and progressive
Many of you would be aware that this magnificent act of solidarity for the people of West Papua, which was inspired by Kevin Buzacott, Arabunna Aboriginal Elder, is now under way. The Flotilla is due to set sail from Cairns for West Papua on 17 August .
This action reminds me of the 1992 Missao Paz em Timor/Peace Mission to Timor that was organised and funded by Timor solidarity supporters in Portugal. I was honoured to be invited to participate in that Mission on the MV Lusitania Expresso, which was both a great adventure for those involved and also raised the issue of human rights violations in East Timor internationally just a few months after the Santa Cruz Massacre of 12 November 1991. There were about 120 participants from over 25 nations.
At the time of the Peace Mission to Timor I was a member…
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