by Alex Rayfield
May 1, 2013
For many people around the world the first day in May is a time a celebration, a day to remember how ordinary people won the right to the eight hour working day.
But in West Papua May Day is a day of national mourning.
Fifty years ago on 1 May 1963 the United Nations abandoned West Papua. After a brief nine months administering the country the United Nations pulled out of West Papua to allow the Indonesian government to rule the territory on behalf of the International Community.
Fifty years later the Indonesian security forces are still in West Papua and a free and fair referendum on West Papua’s political status is yet to take place.
Here’s a rundown of how West Papuans across the country commemorated the day.
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