Mr Tersisius Gebze.
West Papua, Merauke - We have more tragic news to report from West Papua as yesterday the Vice Chairman of the West Papua National Committee [KNPB] in Payum, Merauke was brutally attacked and tortured along with many other KNPB members by a mob of suspected pro-Indonesian "Red and White" militia of the same kind as were involved in atrocities in East Timor.

This incident occurred at 23:00 in the village of Payum, Merauke District directly in front of the house of the head of the KNPB Payum, Merauke sector, Mr. Tersisius Gebze.

At the time of the attack and mass beatings by the Indonesian mob, they shouted out:

"These houses are owned by people who are pro-independence so they must be destroyed!"

Following the attack and persecution, a second victim was battered and severely beaten by the Indonesian nationalists.
Those confirmed tortured are:

Vice Chairman of KNPB in Payum, Merauke Tersisius Gebze and KNPB member Fransiskus Onggat Kahol.

Even now, at the time of this report, two victims who were knocked unconscious are still in the emergency care room in the Merauke hospital.

West Papua has recently seen a bloody surge of violence against the indigenous Papuans in the last few weeks which we believe to be orchestrated by the Indonesian military and intelligence.

In under one month, 4 Papuans have been murdered, and 12 more severely tortured with horrific wounds by Indonesians.

The grave site of murdered Papuan hero and former KNPB Chairman, Mako Tabuni was burned down, Papuans on the border were shot at and 5 youths were stabbed repeatedly with bayonets by the Indonesian police.

The Indonesian military is creating chaos, violence, and increasing anti Papuan sentiment among Indonesians to try to ensure that the peaceful boycott of the Indonesian elections by Papuans tommorow will not happen. 

On March 16th, Free West Papua Campaign founder Benny Wenda issued a statement ( ) calling for a peaceful boycott of the elections as any Indonesian government we vote for will only use our votes as a way to legitimize their oppression, torture rape and murder of our people with the continuation of their illegal occupation of our country.

This boycott has made the Indonesian government and military very scared because they know that when we Papuans refuse to vote for Indonesia, the international community knows that we are not Indonesians but Papuans.
It is for this reason that the Indonesian military is now trying to create further violence and tension in West Papua to try and blame it on our peaceful election boycott.

They have already closed the border, accused Papuan freedom fighters of “interfering with the Indonesian elections” and we Papuans have witnessed countless murders by so called “unknown persons” who are so often labelled by Indonesia as Papuans trying to disrupt their elections.

How can you help?

Please help to share this article and other like it throughout the internet and to all of your friends so that the world will know about such horrific crimes against humanity and we can help to put further international pressure on Indonesia to stop such heinous torture.

Please contact the Chief of Merauke district police
Jl. Raya Mandala Merauke
Tel: +62 971 321666

And demand that he and his fellow police and military immediately stop supporting such evil crimes against humanity.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Tersisius Gebze and Fransiskus Onggat Kahol and their families at this time of great suffering.

To all our supporters and friends, your support is more vital than ever

Thank you very much
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