March planned to support West Papua’s full membership of MSG; Virgin Australia likely to resume Port Vila flights

West Papuans in Jayapura yesterday protesting for full membership of MSG. Photo: Tabloid Jubi

Soon to be joined by protests in Port Vila: West Papuans in Jayapura yesterday protesting for full membership of MSG. Photo: Tabloid Jubi

Friday 29 April will see a demonstration march through town, from Fatumauru Bay to the MSG Secretariat at Independence Park. It will be a civil society event, Chairman of the West Papua Assn., Pastor Allan Nafuki, told Daily Post. The peaceful demonstration is to demand the MSG Leaders give full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group to the people of West Papua in the Leaders’ summit planned for 3rd May here, hosted by the Vanuatu Government. This follows mass demonstrations in cities and towns across West Papua in support of West Papua’s full membership of MSG, and in opposition to Indonesia’s attempts through Fiji and PNG to gain membership.

The people of West Papua want full membership of MSG. Photo: Supplied

Some of the protestors in Jayapura yesterday. Photo: Supplied

This banner at yesterday's Jayapura protest makes the West Papuan's demands clear. Photo: Tabloid Jubi

This banner at yesterday’s Jayapura protest makes the West Papuan’s demands clear. Photo: Tabloid Jubi

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