Hundreds of supporters gathered in Hollandia August 24 for the first public meeting of the Papuan Democratic People's Party.
Hundreds of supporters gathered in Hollandia August 24 for the first public meeting of the Papuan Democratic People's Party. Chairman of the DVP - Democratische Volkspartij - Arnold Runtomboy, opened his address: "We can glory in a tradition as our party came into existence in 1957. I may remind you of the fact that our party, then named Gerakan Persatuan, took strong measures to prevent the Dutch from complying with Indonesian claims and we cooperated with the Dutch for the independence of our country".
Talking of the inaugural meeting August 10 of "Partei National (Parna)" - another political party - Mr Runtomboy said: "Now that Parna has raised its voice we cannot stay behind; we must do our duty and come into the open. I am sure that the time will come when Parna and our party will work close together. We are heading for the same goal but Parna is galloping too fast".
Guest speaker J.O. de Rijke - a lawyer since 1952 - gave a review of New Guinea's history and an outline of the road the country had to take to reach its goal -n"complete independence". Ending his speech, Mr de Rijke said: "I trust that this Democratische Volkspartij will set an example in laboriousness and common sense".