Indonesia: Activist Nabbed for the Possession of 1,500 Small Flags of the Free Papua MovementEvent
- Initial Date
- Sep 3, 2019
- Event Description
A politician from Perindo Party of Sorong Sayang Mandabayan is undergoing police question in Manokwari Resort Police Headquarters, Papua, over the possession of 1,500 flags of Bintang Kejora or morning star, the symbol of the Free Papua Movement.
“The questioning is still afoot in Manokwari police headquarters,” said National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo in his office, South Jakarta, Tuesday, September 3.
Sayang was arrested in Rendani Airport, Manokwari, right before claiming his baggage. The airport’s Aviation Security (Avsec) suspected Sayang’s wary behaviors.
The team then searched through his belongings and discovered 1,500 pieces of the small flag of Bintang Kejora in his pink suitcase. He was brought to Rendani Sector Police to be picked by Manokwari police officers for further examination.
Dedi said that according to Manokwari Police, Sayang Mandabayan boarded Wings Air from DEO Airport Sorong to join a peaceful rally which would take place today, September 3, in Manokwari. “We are still examining the suspicion,” he concluded.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Arrest and detention
- Judicial harassment
- Rights Concerned
- Freedom of assembly
- Freedom of movement
- Political rights activist
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 3 September 2019, Sayang Mandabayan, activist attending a peaceful rally, was arrested and detained by the Airport police in Manokwari, Indonesia.