1 Dec 2011

Papua's OPM says blame security forces if violence erupts during anniversary

3:11 pm on 1 December 2011

The OPM Free Papua Movement has played down rumours of imminent unrest ahead of events scheduled for the 50th anniversary of the "independence" of West Papua today.

December 1st is the 50th anniversary of the declaration of independence from Holland by West Papua in 1961, a year before Indonesia invaded the territory.

While Indonesia has deployed extra security forces to the Papua region in anticipation of trouble, the OPM says it plans to hold peaceful activities to commemorate the day.

The international spokesperson for the OPM, John Otto Ondawame, told The Jakarta Post that the group would never celebrate the anniversary violently.

Mr Ondawame says that if violence occurs, it will have been at the orchestration of what he describes as the enemy.