The West Irian rebel leader and head of the Free Papua Organisation, Ferry Awon, came out of the jungle last week with dozens of his followers and surrendered to the Indonesian authorities.
MLV Trucks with Ferry Awon and followers arrive at Manokwari
CU Awon (beared with bush hat) down from truck, met by Indonesian officer, walks towards house (3 shots)
MV House - probably army building
MLV Groups assembles on field
MCU Awon's followers (4 shots)
MCU Mother and child
CU Indonesian soldiers
CU Another mother and child
CU Rebellion members (2 shots)
MV Indonesian soldiers
MV Awon's rebellion members
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Background: The West Irian rebel leader and head of the Free Papua Organisation, Ferry Awon, came out of the jungle last week with dozens of his followers and surrendered to the Indonesian authorities.
Awon, who was fought against government forces since 1964, gave himself up at Manokwari on the northern coast of West Irian. He surrendered to the local Indonesian Army commander.
Accompanying him were 154 members of the Free Papua Organisation 16 heads of tribal groups, and 368 tribesmen including many women and children.
Awon said upon surrender that he wished to co-operate with the Indonesian Government. The bearded rebel leader was dressed in Khaki uniform and bush hat decorated with skull and crossbones and a revolver strapped to his waist. Most of the rifles and shotguns handed in by his followers were left in West Iran by both sides in World War II. Some of the rebels were armed only with bows and arrows.
During the surrender ceremony, the Indonesian Army Commander of Manokwari, Brigadier-General Acub Zainal, said Ferry Awon had taken the right step. If he had not surrendered, said the Commander, army forces would have penetrated the jungle and wiped out the whole Free Papua Organisation.
Now, only two rebels -- both senior followers of Awon -- are said to be left hiding in the jungle of nearby Biak Island, where the Indonesian Army claimed big successes in combating the rebels.