Mu­si­cians help West Pa­pua

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A di­verse line-up of lo­cal mu­si­cians will be play­ing at The Wine Cel­lar and Whammy Bar on Fri­day in a show of sol­i­dar­ity with West Pa­pua’s strug­gle. The con­cert will fea­ture SJD, Mara TK, Tourettes, The Bads, Reb Foun­tain and Loud Ghost, among oth­ers.

West Pa­pua is cur­rently un­der con­trol of the In­done­sian govern­ment and the gig is hop­ing to raise aware­ness of the gross hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions the indige­nous people have re­port­edly suf­fered there.

West Pa­pua is an is­land prov­ince that shares the is­land of New Guinea with the people of in­de­pen­dent Pa­pua New Guinea.

‘‘The West Pa­puan re­sis­tance is now largely a peace­ful strug­gle; a David and Go­liath con­test in which our sol­i­dar­ity can help to tip the bal­ance,’’ NZ West Pa­pua Sol­i­dar­ity ac­tivist Maire Lead­beater says.

‘‘West Pa­puan people need in­ter­na­tional sup­port to push for a peace­ful di­a­logue with In­done­sia.’’

The Me­lane­sian is­land has a pop­u­la­tion of about 760,000 people.

‘‘I didn’t know West Pa­pua ex­isted un­til I got in­vited to play for its free­dom,’’ mu­si­cian Reb Foun­tain says.

Funds raised from the show will go to­wards the ex­penses to bring West Pa­puan jour­nal­ist and hu­man rights ad­vo­cate Vic­tor Mam­bor to New Zealand.

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