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Australians rallying against support for Indonesian military   
Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Produced by Melissa Lahoud

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A rally highlighting the ongoing violence in West Papua has been held outside Parliament House today. Activists have gathered to protest the Australian government’s role in funding and training Indonesian military forces.

They blame Indonesian counter-terrorism group Detachment-88 for the killing of civilians and human rights abuses. Many West Papuans don’t accept Indonesian sovereignty over their land and there are concerns that Detachment-88 is silencing this opposition. The recent promise of an Australian-Indonesian arms trade agreement has also sparked outrage. (Image: David Jackmanson at flickr.com)

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Rex Rumakiek, a community leader for West Papuans in Australia
Senator Richard Di Natale, Greens Senator for Victoria and their spokesperson for West Papua

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