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Mr. Theys Eluay of the death chronology, 2001

Written By Suara Wiyaimana Papua on Minggu, 16 November 2014 | Minggu, November 16, 2014


Today we mourn exactly 13 years to the day, the passing of one of West Papua's greatest and most famous leaders, Chief Theys Eluay who was murdered by Indonesian Special Forces in 2001.
In the year 2000. Theys was the elected Leader of the Papua Presidium Council and mobilised the West Papuan people in a mass non-violent movement for freedom and independence, now known as the "Papuan Spring". Managing to convince even Indonesian leaders of the rights of the West Papuan people, Theys's popularity only grew more. As a great leader of this non-violent revolution, he appeared almost daily in the papers and as the Indonesian government began to succumb to pressure, it looked increasingly like West Papua was going to be free at last.
However, in the eyes of Indonesia's military this peaceful "Papuan Spring" and the idea of Papuan independence was far too powerful and scary for them to imagine. After a meeting with Indonesian officials on 10th November 2001, the Indonesian Special Forces Commander said on the microphone. "Goodbye to the Great Leader of the Papuans. Have a safe journey home!" Now people feel that this was to warn his men outside to be ready. He was driven home by members of the Indonesian Special Forces who suddenly suffocated him to death in the car. Ryamizard Ryacudu, the new Indonesian Defense Minister has praised Theys's killers as "heroes".
Theys's murder was an act of brutal savagery and fear. It was intended to shatter the West Papuan independence movement into pieces but instead it has brought Papuans together in even greater national reverence for this heroic man and the burning desire to see his dream fulfilled.

Rest in Peace Chief Theys Eluay, your dream is our dream and one day it will finally come true.
Sources: Free West Papua Campaign
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