• Short Summary

    AN INDONESIAN SPOKESMAN, WHEN CONFIRMING EARLIER THIS WEEK THAT THERE HAD BEEN AND ARMED UPRISING AMONG PAPUAN TRIBESMEN IN WEST IRIAN, DENIED THAT THERE WERE ANY POLITICAL PRISONERS INTERNED IN THE AREA.

  • Description

    AN INDONESIAN SPOKESMAN, WHEN CONFIRMING EARLIER THIS WEEK THAT THERE HAD BEEN AND ARMED UPRISING AMONG PAPUAN TRIBESMEN IN WEST IRIAN, DENIED THAT THERE WERE ANY POLITICAL PRISONERS INTERNED IN THE AREA. THIS FILM SHOT ABOUT A MONTH AGO SOME 10 MILES (16 KMS) OUTSIDE JAYAPURUA, THE WEST IRIAN CAPITAL, SHOWS A CAMP WHERE IT IS ALLEGED 800 PRISONERS WERE INTERNED UNTIL RECENTLY. THERE ARE NOW ONLY EIGHT PRISONERS IN IT.

    THE CAMP WAS USED BY GENERAL MCARTHUR AS A BASE FOR OPERATIONS AGAINST THE JAPANESE IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR. IT HAS BEEN USED FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS AS A CAMP FOR POLITICAL PRISONERS BY INDONESIAN FORCES STATIONED IN THE AREA.

    THE EIGHT PRISONERS STILL IN IT A MONTH AGO WERE ALL MEMBERS OF THE FREE PAPUA MOVEMENT, WHICH IS CAMPAIGNING TO MAKE WEST IRIAN AN INDEPENDENT STATE. ONE OF THOSE SEEN BY THE CAMERAMAN WAS THE MOVEMENT'S SELF-STYLED LEADER AMOS PATTI-PEME, FORMER DIRECTOR OF JAYAPURUA'S MAIN NEWSPAPER. THERE WAS ALSO A POLICE INSPECTOR, THE CAPITAL'S DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSIONER, THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR THE HIGHLANDS, A CUSTOM'S OFFICER, A HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER, THE CHIEF OF THE ELECTRICAL GENERATING STATIONS IN THE AREA AND A POLICE SERGEANT.

    IT WAS ANNOUNCE TODAY (THURSDAY) IN DJAKARTA THAT ALL JOURNALISTS AND FOREIGN DIPLOMATS WERE NOW BANNED FROM VISITING WEST IRIAN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA51XG7ODDTBZWN2G0H11AXFW7E
    Media URN:
    VLVA51XG7ODDTBZWN2G0H11AXFW7E
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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