Dutch New Guinea's first Papuan political party - "Partei National (Parna)" - held its inaugural meeting in Hollandia August 10.
Dutch New Guinea's first Papuan political party - "Partei National (Parna)" - held its inaugural meeting in Hollandia August 10. Finance Department official Hermanus Wajoi addressed a large crowd in the town hall.
Outlining New Guinea's history to his compatriots, Mr. Wajoi said that, at first, lawlessness was prevailing throughout the country -each tribe was "striving and fighting for its own interest". With the installation of the Dutch Government and missionaries the people were brought to realise the shortcomings in their way of life.
Mr. Wajoi said that the world looked upon the Papuans as being primitive and this must be changed. "We must be a unity, form our own state - we have frizzly heads, our skin is black but we are human beings with eyes, ears, hands and feet."
Founder of the party, Frits Kirihio, emphasized the existing racial discrimination in the country and said that the party wanted equal status between Dutch, Eurasians, Indonesians and Papuans.