A message of thanks and the story of the Swim for West Papua Petition in pictures
September 15, 2017
Below is a message of thanks by West Papuan Independence Leader and Spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Benny Wenda, following the incredible Swim for West Papua and historic petition delivered to the United Nations.
On behalf of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) and the people of West Papua, I would like to thank everyone who has signed and been involved in both the West Papuan People’s Petition and the Global Petition for West Papua.
We the people of West Papua, supported by the international community have overwhelmingly put our faith and confidence in the demands of this historic petition to the United Nations.
We are ready to demand the fundamental right to self-determination of our people which was illegitimately stolen by Indonesia in the 1969 Act of NO Choice.
I would also like to give my deepest thanks and respect to the incredibly brave and compassionate Swim for West Papua team which symbolically carried our petition across Lake Geneva to the United Nations.
Your outstanding effort was watched live by the people of West Papua who have been praying for you and gathering to show their support since the start of this effort in January.
There are no words that can describe the depth of our appreciation, thanks, gratitude and respect to you all. Your names and your efforts will be recorded in the history of West Papua forever. Wa wa wa.
West Papuan Independence Leader
Spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP)
To watch the swim live again, Please visit the Swim for West Papua Facebook.
The Swim for West Papua petition story, in pictures and videos
LAUNCHING AT THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT IN WESTMINSTER
SUPPORTED BY PEOPLE IN WEST PAPUA
LAUNCHING IN WEST PAPUA
PETITION PRINTED IN WEST PAPUA
SWIM SEND OFF AT LAKE GENEVA
SWIM FOR WEST PAPUA SWIMS DAY AND NIGHT
MEANWHILE IN WEST PAPUA, PEOPLE ARE WATCHING A LIVESTREAM OF THE SWIM
AFTER 28 HOURS, THE SWIMMERS START TO HEAR THE SOUND OF WEST PAPUAN DRUMS…
SWIM FOR WEST PAPUA WELCOMED AT THE SHORE WITH THE WEST PAPUAN PEOPLE’S PETITION
ALSO WATCHED LIVE BY THE PEOPLE OF WEST PAPUA
PETITION MARCHED TO THE UNITED NATIONS
A COPY OF THE PETITION PRESENTED TO UK OPPOSITION LEADER JEREMY CORBYN